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Question: Which diseases are associated with soft tissue calcification?


Soft tissue calcification detected by plain roentgenograms can be an important clue in the diagnosis of rheumatic conditions. A partial list includes:

  • Calcific tendinitis
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Diabetes
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Neoplasia
  • Neuropathic arthropathy
  • Parathyroid disease
  • Renal osteodystrophy
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Trauma

Reference: Resnick D, Niwayama G: Soft tissues. In Resnick D, Niwayama G (eds): Diagnosis of Bone and Joint Disorders, 2nd ed. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 1988, pp 4171-4294.

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