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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 166-168

Iatrogenic calcinosis cutis: A rare cytological diagnosis


Department of Pathology, People's College of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Dr. Gopal Krishna Sawke
Department of Pathology, People's College of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9371.177146

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Calcinosis cutis is an uncommon condition characterized by the deposition of calcium salts in the subcutaneous tissues of the body. Calcifications can also occur in a variety of other clinical settings and can be subjected to fine-needle aspiration (FNA). Since cutaneous calcific deposits may clinically mimic a tumor, it is feasible to diagnose them by FNA cytology (FNAC). We reported a case of calcinosis cutis by FNA in a 36-year-old male who presented with a solitary subcutaneous nodule in cubital fossa. Smears showed amorphous granular material consistent with calcium and occasional histiocytes. The diagnosis was confirmed when cytosmears were subjected to a special stain such as the von Kossa stain.


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