Development of calciphylaxis after long-term steroid and methotroxate use in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis

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Ozbalkan Z., Calguneri M., Onat A., Ozturk M.

INTERNAL MEDICINE, vol.44, no.11, pp.1178-1181, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 44 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.2169/internalmedicine.44.1178
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1178-1181
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: No


Calciphylaxis may be considered a small vessel vasculopathy which is generaly associated with end-stage renal disease and hyperparathyroidism. The precise pathogenesis of the disease is not known. It needs sensitizers and challengers to occur. Steroids and immunosuppressive drugs including methotrexate are among those challenger agents. Calciphylaxis in collagen vascular diseases is rare. Only one case in rheumatoid arthritis was recently reported. Here we describe a case of calciphylaxis associated with active rheumatoid arthritis. This patient had active disease despite treatment of steroids and methotrexate for a long time. She died shortly after the diagnosis of calciphylaxis due to sepsis.