World Journal of Nuclear Medicine

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 172--174

The role of bone scintigraphy with single-photon emission computed tomography-computed tomography in the diagnosis and evaluation of calciphylaxis


Patrick Martineau, Matthieu Pelletier-Galarneau, Sadri Bazarjani 
 Department of Nuclear Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Correspondence Address:
Patrick Martineau
Department of Nuclear Medicine, The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus, 501 Smyth Road, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 8L6
Canada

Calciphylaxis, also known as calcific uremic arteriolopathy, is an uncommon disease, typically found in patients with the end-stage renal disease. Pathophysiological features include small vessel vasculopathy with mural calcification, fibrosis, and thrombosis. The clinical presentation varies but often consists of the necrosis of skin and subcutaneous tissues, with or without visceral organ involvement due to small vessel vasculopathy. This condition has a significant morbidity and mortality, making accurate diagnosis imperative. We present a case of calciphylaxis investigated using planar bone scintigraphy and single-photon emission computed tomography-computed tomography (SPECT-CT). This case stresses the value of SPECT-CT to accurately localize the abnormal uptake in subcutaneous soft tissue microcalcifications and confirms the exact location and extent of pathology.


How to cite this article:
Martineau P, Pelletier-Galarneau M, Bazarjani S. The role of bone scintigraphy with single-photon emission computed tomography-computed tomography in the diagnosis and evaluation of calciphylaxis.World J Nucl Med 2017;16:172-174


How to cite this URL:
Martineau P, Pelletier-Galarneau M, Bazarjani S. The role of bone scintigraphy with single-photon emission computed tomography-computed tomography in the diagnosis and evaluation of calciphylaxis. World J Nucl Med [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Jul 8 ];16:172-174
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