Symptomatic spinal calcinosis in systemic sclerosis (scleroderma)

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  • Two patients with diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis and spinal calcification, involving the lumbar spine in one and the cervical spine in the other, are described. Computed tomography-guided aspiration of the calcific masses was performed, and material aspirated from one patient was shown to be apatite, Ca5(PO4)3OH. One patient showed improvement following lumbar laminotomy, hemilaminectomy, and diskectomy.
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  • Ward M; CurĂ© J; Schabel S; Smith EA; Schumacher HR; Silver RM
  • Start Page

  • 1892
  • End Page

  • 1895
  • Volume

  • 40
  • Issue

  • 10