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August 1970

Idiopathic Calcinosis of the Scrotum

Author Affiliations

New York; New Hyde Park, NY; San Juan, PR

From the Department of Dermatology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, and the Dermatology Service, Presbyterian Hospital, New York (Drs. Shapiro and Torres-Rodríquez), and the Department of Laboratories, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY (Drs. Shapiro and Platt). Dr. Torres-Rodriquez is now with the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan.

Arch Dermatol. 1970;102(2):199-204. doi:10.1001/archderm.1970.04000080071014

Idiopathic calcinosis of the scrotum has been found in 14 patients, bringing the total number of proved and presumptive cases to 35. The lesions are usually multiple, asymptomatic nodules of the scrotal skin which begin in childhood or early adult life, increase in size and number, and sometimes break down to discharge chalky contents. They are unrelated to cysts, any known predisposing factor, or calcification elsewhere. Clinically they are most often misdiagnosed as cysts. Excision appears to be the treatment of choice, if treatment is requested, but other lesions may develop in the residual scrotal skin.

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