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December 1977

Calcification of Mammary Vessels

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Graz, Austria

Arch Intern Med. 1977;137(12):1743. doi:10.1001/archinte.1977.03630240073032

To the Editor.—  In the March Archives, McDougal and Lukert discussed vascular calcification of mammary vessels during chronic renal failure in connection with breast pain (137:375-377, 1977). In a 1975 study of 64 patients with renal failure, GieBauf and I found 29 cases of calcification of the mammary vessels.1 The intensity of the calcification did not always correlate with the amount of the serum calcium x phosphorous product.In retrospect and initiated by the comments of McDougal and Lukert, we examined the clinical data that had been registered with every mammogram (one item was the presence or absence of breast pain). Mammography was performed three times during a half-year interval in each of the 64 cases. In 12 cases, breast pain was mentioned in the case history; however, of these 12, only three patients showed vessel calcification in the breast.We reexamined these three patients with vessel calcification mammographically

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