Diffuse dermal angiomatosis associated with calciphylaxis

Bettina M. Prinz Vavricka, Catherine Barry, Thomas Victor, Joan Guitart*

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Diffuse dermal angiomatosis (DDA) is a reactive proliferation of vascular channels within the dermis often associated with atherosclerosis. Based on our observation of a case of calciphylaxis (CP) with extensive DDA, we investigated a new possible association and incidence of DDA in patients with CP. These 2 rare conditions had not been reported previously in the same patient. In a retrospective review of skin biopsies taken between 1988 and 2006, 11 patients with histologically proven CP were identified and the medical records were reviewed. Two cases were excluded due to inadequate specimens for a thorough histologic evaluation. Nine patients with large necrotic plaques/ulcers were included in the study. Associated diseases were end-stage renal insufficiency (n = 7), parathyroidectomy for hyperparathyroidism (n = 3), thromboembolic events (n = 3), hypertension (n = 3), and diabetes mellitus (n = 2). Histologically, all cases had some degree of diffuse dermal proliferation of vascular channels with interstitial expression of CD31, as well as subcutaneous fat necrosis and calcification with medial vascular calcification. The extent of DDA did not correlate with the gravity or severity of disease. Based on our observation, DDA is a common histological finding encountered in the dermis adjacent to necrotizing ulcers in patients with CP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)653-657
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Dermatopathology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2009


  • Calciphylaxis
  • Diffuse dermal angiomatosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Dermatology


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