Calciphylaxis is a rare disorder where calcium builds up in the capillaries in the skin and fat. The results of this are blood clots and painful ulcers that put the person at risk for dangerous infections. People who are most at risk for calciphylaxis are those with kidney failure, have had a kidney transplant or are on dialysis. However, calciphylaxis can also strike people who do not have kidney disease. Due to the rare nature of this disorder, it’s very common for people to have a lack of understanding about this disease.
Information. People who are more at risk for calciphylaxis and who don’t necessary have kidney failure are obese, have diabetes and have something wrong with the clotting factors in their blood. The levels of calcium, aluminum and phosphorus in their body is imbalanced, or their body may be making too much parathyroid hormone, which helps balance calcium and phosphorus. They may be taking medications that interfere with the calcium in their body or with the ability of their blood to clot. They may be suffering from uremia, which causes a build-up of minerals that would otherwise be excreted through the urine. Women are also more at risk for calciphylaxis than men.