Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
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CAROCHA, Ana Paula Gonçalves et al. Calcinosis cutis universalis associated with systemic lupus erythematosus: an exuberant case. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2010, vol.85, n.6, pp. 883-887. ISSN 0365-0596. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962010000600016.
Calcinosis cutis is an uncommon disease of unclear pathophysiology that is often disabling. It is characterized by the formation of calcium deposits in the skin or subcutaneous tissue. It is classified into four subtypes: dystrophic, metastatic, idiopathic or iatrogenic. It may be seen in a variety of systemic diseases such as hyperparathyroidism and hypervitaminosis D, but is most commonly found in dermatomyositis, scleroderma and overlap syndromes and is a rare complication of systemic lupus erythematosus. The management of secondary complications and the success of therapy are constant challenges in the follow-up of these cases.
Keywords : Calcinosis; Systemic lupus erythematosus; Rheumatic diseases.