Vascular calcification in dermatopathology

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Calcification in cutaneous blood vessels is an uncommon finding in biopsies submitted for dermatopathological examination. Of 14 biopsy specimens showing the phenomenon that was studied by us, the greater number was from women who had a combination of severe diabetes, hypertension, and atherosclerosis. Unusual clinical syndromes as the bases for the vascular calcification were hyperthyroidism in three patients and arteritis in two patients. Three patients died as a consequence of massive cutaneous infarction and sepsis, probably stemming from cutaneous vascular calcification. Vascular calcification in biopsy of skin may result from metabolic, inflammatory, or degenerative diseases of blood vessels.

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