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Paraspinal and intraspinal calcinosis: frequent complications in patients with systemic sclerosis
  1. T Ogawa,
  2. T Ogura,
  3. K Ogawa,
  4. A Hirata,
  5. N Hayashi,
  6. Y Izumi,
  7. E Saito
  1. Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Toho University Ohashi Medical Centre, Tokyo, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr T Ogawa, Toho University Ohashi Medical Centre, 2-17-6 Ohashi, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan 153-8515; take{at}

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Soft tissue calcinosis is a common manifestation in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), most typically seen as cutaneous calcium deposition in the extremities. By contrast, spinal calcinosis has been the subject of limited reports,1 2 3 4 5 6 7 and its prevalence and disease–phenotype associations have not been discussed.

To clarify this issue, CT of the chest was performed on 41 patients with SSc who fulfilled the preliminary criteria of the American College of Rheumatology and had no history of trauma related to the development of calcinosis (median (SD) age, 60.3 (13.3) (range 28–82) years; women/men: 36/5) with 5 mm slices, and the images were interpreted blindly. All studies were approved by the institutional review board.

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