A rare disorder, Familial Tumoral Calcinosis, leads to development of ectopic calcium deposits in the soft tissue in the periarticular location or around the joints. Children and adolescents are most commonly affected with this disorder. The prominent symptom includes painless swelling around joints. The condition presents the calcium deposits most commonly around the shoulders, hips and elbows.
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?
Treatment involves normalization of the serum phosphate levels. Surgical removal of the calcinosis is recommended but in case the surgical removal is not complete, there is every possibility of recurrence.
DID YOU KNOW?
Familial Tumoral Calcinosis may lead to limitation of joint movements which may cause disruption in regular functioning of the joints.