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An 82-year-old woman with idiopathic calcinosis presented with neck pain associated with headaches radiating to the upper arms. The idiopathic calcinosis was diagnosed after a surgical removal of a calcinosis of a finger wherein histopathology showed the presence of calcified areas within a non-inflammatory fibrous stroma. The pain was constant and associated with a moderate biological inflammatory syndrome (C reactive protein 10 mg/L). The phosphocalcic balance was normal as were the parathyroid hormone (PTH), the alkaline phosphatase and the renal function. There were no arguments in favour of a laryngeal origin to the pain. Finally, a cervical CT scan was …
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