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Possible role of hypercoagulability in calciphylaxis: Review of the literature.
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PMID:  20708299     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: The role of a hypercoagulable state in the pathogenesis of calciphylaxis has yet to be determined.
OBJECTIVE: We sought to find evidence of an association between hypercoagulability and calciphylaxis.
METHODS: We reviewed the primary literature for review articles, studies, and case reports that discussed or demonstrated a possible relationship between calciphylaxis and a hypercoagulable state.
RESULTS: Review of the primary literature showed that in cases of calciphylaxis with reported levels of protein C and S, 38% of the patients had decreased protein C levels and 43% had decreased levels of protein S. From review of case reports, 3 cases of improvement of skin lesions with low molecular weight heparin treatment, and a fourth case of healing of skin lesions with tissue plasminogen activator treatment, were found. Calciphylaxis was also found in a patient with antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, and a patient with cryofibrinogenemia had clinical and histologic findings consistent with possible calciphylaxis.
LIMITATIONS: A limited number of reports were available for review.
CONCLUSION: Our review of the literature found sufficient evidence to suggest a possible role of a hypercoagulable state in the pathogenesis of calciphylaxis. A prospective study with serial testing of all relevant clotting factors in patients with calciphylaxis is needed to more definitively establish this role.
Ryan Jeffrey Harris; Thomas George Cropley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-08-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology     Volume:  64     ISSN:  1097-6787     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7907132     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Dermatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  405-12     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2009 American Academy of Dermatology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
School of Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.
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