We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Is Tumoral Calcinosis?

Mary McMahon
Updated Feb 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Tumoral calcinosis is a condition where deposits of calcium form under the skin and cannot be cleared by the body. It is not painful initially, but can lead to complications and may require surgical treatment. This issue tends to be most common in people of African descent, and is relatively rare. Patients may need to see a specialist to get information on the latest treatment options.

In cases of tumoral calcinosis, small buildups of calcium occur over time in the soft tissue. It often centers above a joint and occurs most commonly in the hip. Sometimes the tumoral calcinosis forms around a lesion like a tumor. The patient may notice a painless lump or nodule and could experience more limited range of motion as a result of calcification in the soft tissue. There is a potential for it to ossify, or turn into bone over time.

Diagnostic testing for tumoral calcinosis usually involves x-ray imaging. The calcium deposit will show up as a cloud of varying intensity on the x-ray, depending on density and size. A radiologist can evaluate it to determine the extent of the lesion and confirm that it is a calcinosis. After reviewing the films, the radiologist can also offer an informed opinion on how the growth might progress, and whether intervention is necessary. These medical professionals have extensive experience with bone and joint disorders and may work with an orthopedic doctor on the patient's care.

One option for tumoral calcinosis treatment is to leave the growth alone and monitor it. If the patient experiences complications, the growth can be revisited to determine if treatment is necessary or advisable. In other cases, a physician may recommend surgery to cut out the calcification. The doctor may feel this is necessary because of the size or location, or if the patient experiences complications like pain or infections related to the growth.

The causes of this condition are poorly understood. There appears to be a genetic component; people of African descent are overall more likely to get the condition, especially if they have a family history. Sometimes it is associated with an underlying associated disease or has iatrogenic causes, where something a doctor does, like a surgery, causes the condition. When patients appear to have tumoral calcinosis, the doctor may collect some information to help with the case and add to the body of knowledge about the origins of this condition.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a WiseGeek researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Related Articles

Discussion Comments
Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a...

Learn more
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.