Calciphylaxis (kal-sih-fuh-LAK-sis) is a serious, uncommon disease in which calcium accumulates in small blood vessels of the fat and skin tissues. Calciphylaxis causes painful skin ulcers and may cause serious infections that can lead to death.

People who have calciphylaxis usually have kidney failure and are on dialysis or recently had a kidney transplant. The condition can also occur in people without kidney disease.

June 18, 2015