Arterial calcifications: morphological aspects and their pathological implications

Z Kardiol. 2001;90 Suppl 3:6-11. doi: 10.1007/s003920170044.


Morphological aspects of calcifications are identical whatever their site in the arterial layers: fine granular deposits, plates, rings. Occurrence of complications: fibrosis with foreign body type granuloma, thrombosis, and embolism mainly depend on the site and the amount of calcification. Clinicians should be aware of these complications when performing angioplasty.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arteriosclerosis / pathology*
  • Calcinosis / pathology*
  • Granuloma, Foreign-Body / pathology
  • Humans
  • Muscle, Smooth, Vascular / pathology
  • Thromboembolism / pathology