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Point-of-care Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Calciphylaxis

  • Author(s): Tobarran, Natasha
  • Collin, Mark
  • et al.
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Case Presentation: A 63-year-old male with a past medical history of end stage renal disease presented to the emergency department with painful, lower-extremity necrotic ulcerations. Ultrasound and computed tomography imaging showed concerns for calcium deposits. Biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of calciphylaxis, a rare lethal disease.

Discussion: Emergency physicians should keep this disease on their differential due to the high mortality rate.

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