Complete resolution of recurrent calciphylaxis with long-term intravenous sodium thiosulfate

K. Subramaniam, Hilary Wallace, R. Sinniah, B. Saker

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    Abstract

    A 35-year-old morbidly obese woman on home haemodialysis presented with painful indurated subcutaneous nodules histologically characteristic of calciphylaxis. After failing to respond to conventional treatment, she was commenced on an intravenous infusion of 25 g of sodium thiosulfate three times per week. Two weeks after commencing sodium thiosulfate, the pain resolved completely. By 12 weeks, the lesions had healed and the infusions were ceased. Two months later, skin lesions recurred, but resolved again within 3 months of recommencement of sodium thiosulfate treatment, which was continued for 8 months. The treatment was well tolerated. There has been no recurrence of lesions in the 18 months since the cessation of sodium thiosulfate. Clinical trials to determine the optimum dose and duration of therapy for sodium thiosulfate treatment of calciphylaxis should be given priority because of its high rate of success in treating what is otherwise a severe and mostly lethal condition.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)30-34
    JournalAustralasian Journal of Dermatology
    Volume49
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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