Calcinosis cutis in Child
In children, dystrophic and idiopathic calcification are observed more commonly than other types of calcium deposition. Dystrophic calcification usually arises in damaged skin in which local calcium metabolism is altered, allowing intracellular crystallization in the setting of normal serum calcium and phosphorus levels. Dystrophic calcification is typically seen in autoimmune connective tissue diseases, most commonly in juvenile dermatomyositis (DM) and the CREST form of systemic sclerosis. Approximately 50%-70% of children with dermatomyositis will develop calcinosis cutis or some form of cutaneous calcification, in contrast to 10%-20% of patients with adult DM. The most frequently affected sites in DM are the elbows, knees, buttocks, and shoulders. In the CREST form of systemic sclerosis, the hands and upper extremities, often over bony prominences and tendons, are most commonly affected.
Other causes for dystrophic cutaneous calcification in children include cutaneous tumors and cysts such as pilomatricomas or pilar cysts, trauma (particularly associated with "heel sticks" in neonates or from other injection sites; see Calcified nodules of the heel), infections (especially parasitic), and genetic disorders such as pseudoxanthoma elasticum and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
Subepidermal calcified nodules are idiopathic lesions that usually develop in children, although they can be seen in all age groups. They are hypothesized to occur as a result of trauma or calcification of a pre-existing milium, eccrine duct hamartoma, or hair follicle nevus.
The most common clinical presentation is a solitary or multiple firm, jagged nodules. Lesions can extrude chalk-like calcium through the skin, which is often painful and may be associated with secondary infection.
Calcinosis universalis refers to the most severe form of dystrophic calcification. Usually observed in the setting of dermatomyositis or other connective tissue diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus, this variant involves extensive areas of cutaneous calcification in sheet-like masses and can cause severe functional impairment.
Children should be evaluated with a careful history and physical examination looking for signs or symptoms of underlying diseases including juvenile dermatomyositis.
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- Gout (see also Lesch-Nyhan syndrome)
- Systemic lupus
- Deep morphea
- Osteoma cutis – Often on face, usually after acne.
- Primary ossification syndromes including progressive fibrodysplasia ossificans and Albright hereditary osteodystrophy.
- Subepidermal calcified nodule (usually solitary) – Located on the head in children.
- Calcified nodules of the heels
- Calcified epidermoid cysts
- Scrotal calcinosis (usually multiple) – Rarely in childhood; starting in adolescence.
- Calciphylaxis – Very often associated with chronic renal disease occurring in childhood.
- Werner syndrome
- Pseudoxanthoma elasticum
- Xanthomas (xanthoma tendinosum, xanthoma tuberosum)
- Molluscum contagiosum
Last Updated: 01/29/2018