Soft tissue calcifications (hip)
Presenting after ground-level fall with left hip pain.
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Innumerable rounded calcifications of varying sizes measuring up to 1 cm are seen in the soft tissues around both hips/the buttocks, most consistent with phleboliths. No discrete mass is evident. Few calcifications were seen extending into the soft tissues of the distal left thigh.
The alignment and bone density is normal considering technique for her age.
Mild degenerative changes are noted in both hips.
The differential diagnosis for soft-tissue calcifications on x-ray are:
- calcinosis cutis
- calcific uremic arteriolopathy (calciphylaxis)
- injection granulomas
- tumoral calcinosis
- atherosclerotic vascular calcifications
This patient had a normal creatinine, making calciphylaxis lower on the differential. She did not have a history of intramuscular or subcutaneous medication use, though cosmetic injections cannot be ruled out. The patient's medical history and radiographic findings are most consistent with phleboliths.
This case was submitted with supervision and input from:
Soni C. Chawla, M.D.
Department of Radiological Sciences
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Olive View - UCLA Medical Center
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