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February 1931


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1931;23(2):245-265. doi:10.1001/archderm.1931.03880200035004

The term calcinosis has been used in dermatologic literature, especially in Germany, to designate the abnormal presence of calcium tumors and plaques in the skin and in the subcutaneous tissue. There is a fairly extensive literature dealing with this disease, and two papers written in recent years, one by Weidman and Schaffer1 and the other by Durham,2 treat the subject thoroughly and contain a good bibliography. Before reporting our case, we wish to give a summary of the important observations in the literature.

CLINICAL PICTURE  The clinical picture of this disease, which is described repeatedly, is as follows: Tumors or plaques, varying in size from that of a pea to that of a walnut, of hard or soft consistency appear under or in the skin, most frequently on the fingers, hands, wrists, elbows and knees, often following the course of the tendons. The skin above these tumors becomes

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