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Calcinosis cutis arising in morphea: a case series


Calcinosis cutis, although common in systemic sclerosis, has been rarely reported in patients with morphea. We describe four patients with calcinosis cutis arising within morphea plaques, discuss their treatments and outcomes, and review previously published cases. Current management recommendations for concomitant morphea and dystrophic calcinosis cutis are based on limited data and expert opinion, which has primarily focused on reduction of active inflammation and reduction of symptoms related to calcinosis or ulceration. In most cases, no improvement of calcinosis was noted. The use of intralesional corticosteroids to active lesions in conjunction with systemic treatment, including methotrexate when indicated, appear promising treatments to halt progression of the disease. Surgical excision seems to be the most definitive treatment for calcinosis affecting morphea plaques, but the current literature lacks details regarding disease recurrence following operative management.

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