It is a rare condition in which there is calcium deposition in the soft tissue in periarticular location i.e. around joints. The accumulations are outside the joint capsule. They are frequently seen in patients undergoing renal dialysis. It is also considered by some to have a hereditary predisposition. The symptom that the accumulations cause is not pain but swelling around joints. They have propensity to enlarge progressively and ulcerate the overlying skin and extrude. They are most common around shoulders, hips and elbows. Laboratory evaluation reveals normal serum calcium levels and hyperphosphatemia.
HOW IS FAMILIAL TUMORAL CALCINOSIS DIAGNOSED?
Laboratory evaluation is recommended by a general physician when there is swelling around the joints that is prominent yet there is no associated pain. The lab tests will reveal normal serum calcium levels with hyperphosphatemia.
HOW IS FAMILIAL TUMORAL CALCINOSIS TREATED?
So far there is no conclusive treatment method for Tumoral Calcinosis. If there is any pain associated with calcium deposition, it can be relieved through pain killers.
DID YOU KNOW?
Size of deposits varies in individuals affected with Tumoral Calcinosis