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CALCINOSIS UNIVERSALIS

BARNEY J. HEIN, M.D.
Arch Surg. 1933;26(3):389-396. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1933.01170030046003.
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The purpose of this paper is to present a case of a rare condition and a treatment which yielded satisfactory results. The case was observed at frequent intervals for a period of four years.

Since there is considerable similarity between calcinosis universalis and progressive myositis ossificans, there was difficulty in identifying the condition presented by my patient. Because of the presence of true subcutaneous calcareous deposits along the fascial planes and a lack of ossification and involvement of the muscles, the case was considered one of calcinosis universalis.

Calcium deposits have been found previously in many organs and tissues in various conditions, the calcification quite frequently being an end-result of a degenerative process. Generalized calcium deposition of an unknown cause was first described by Verse.1 Since then other cases have been added to the literature. Not infrequently, associated with calcinosis universalis were other conditions, such as scleroderma, dermatomyositis and

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