A case of calciphylaxis and chronic myelomonocytic leukemia

Cutis. 2005 Jun;75(6):325-8.


A 70-year-old woman presented for evaluation of symmetric necrotic ulcers of the lower extremities. Biopsy results revealed changes consistent with calciphylaxis. The predisposing factors in this patient included calcium supplementation, obesity, female gender, viscous blood, renal failure, and diabetes mellitus. To our knowledge, this is the first report of calciphylaxis occurring in the setting of chronic myelomonocytic leukemia. We discuss the history, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of calciphylaxis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Biopsy
  • Calciphylaxis / diagnosis*
  • Calciphylaxis / etiology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Leg Dermatoses / diagnosis*
  • Leg Dermatoses / etiology
  • Leukemia, Myelomonocytic, Chronic / complications
  • Leukemia, Myelomonocytic, Chronic / diagnosis*
  • Risk Factors