What are the symptoms of calcification?

Calcification often produces no symptoms. Instead, calcification is most frequently discovered on X-rays, including mammograms, for example. Some calcification is normal, but even disease-related calcification may not cause symptoms that you will detect.

You may, however, feel the effects of the underlying disorder or process that results in calcification. These symptoms will depend on the organ system affected and the particular disorder. A few of the most common symptoms associated with calcification include bone spurs, calluses, and tartar on the teeth. Left untreated, a mineral metabolism disorder (problems with your body’s ability to use calcium) can lead to calcification in the tissues.

Symptoms of calcification

You may experience calcification symptoms that may or may not be associated with a disorder of mineral metabolism. At times, any of these symptoms can be severe:

  • Bone pain
  • Bone spurs (occasionally visible as lumps under your skin)
  • Breast mass or lump
  • Eye irritation or decreased vision
  • Impaired growth
  • Increased bone fractures
  • Muscle weakness or cramping
  • New deformities such as leg bowing or spine curvature
  • Progressive weakness
  • Tartar on your teeth

Symptoms that might indicate a serious condition

In some cases, calcification can be part of a serious condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have complications of calcification, including kidney stones, Paget’s disease (abnormal bone tissue loss and reformation), pineal gland tumors, or severe hypercalcemia (excess calcium in the blood), and experience any of these serious symptoms including:

  • Hearing loss accompanying any other severe symptom
  • Muscle twitching, spasms or seizures
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Severe bone pain
  • Severe headache
  • Sudden abdominal, pelvic, or lower back pain that may be severe

INTRODUCTION

What is calcification?

Calcification is a gradual accumulation of calcium in an area of your body tissue. Most of the calcium absorbed by your body ends up in your bones and teeth, where it is most needed. Excess calcium is usually dissolved in the bloodstream for excretion in the urine, but it is normal for a certain amount to collect in an area of the body tissues; this collection of calcium then hardens the tissue... Read more about calcificationintroduction

CAUSES

What causes calcification?

Calcifications can be caused by inflammation or elevated levels of blood calcium, known as hypercalcemia. Calcification can be part of a normal healing response to musculoskeletal injuries. Calcifications are often found in arteries affected by arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), in benign and malignant breast processes, at sites of bone or cartilage injury, and sometimes within cance... Read more about calcificationcauses

TREATMENTS

How is calcification treated?

Calcification is generally not treatable and cannot be reversed. However, calcific band keratopathy, a calcification of the cornea of the eye, can be treated. In addition, disorders that are complications of or associated with calcification are often very treatable. Treatments vary depending on the calcium metabolism disorder itself.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 9, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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