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Gastroenterology. 1985 Jul;89(1):196-201.

Diffuse hepatic calcification as a sequela to shock liver.


A 31-yr-old Japanese woman who was on chronic hemodialysis for 3 yr died of intractable congestive heart failure. Three years before death, the patient was in a state of shock for 48 h due to ventricular tachycardia and gastrointestinal bleeding, which was followed by marked elevation of serum transaminase. Four months later, abdominal plain radiography demonstrated diffuse hepatic calcification. At autopsy, microscopic examination of the liver revealed parenchymal necrosis and tiny calcifications in the central to midzonal area of the lobule. Calcification in the degenerative area of the hepatic lobule occurred subsequent to parenchymal ischemia after overt shock that lasted for 2 days. Although a definitive explanation for the calcification was not obtained, it may be related to the disturbances of intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis as a result of ischemic liver injury or it may be related to an elevated calcium-phosphorus product in the uremic state.

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