A Rare Case of Idiopathic scrotal calcinosis
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Dr. Prasanna Vernekar
A Rare Case of Idiopathic scrotal calcinosis
Idiopathic scrotal calcinosis (also known as “Idiopathic calcified nodules of the scrotum”) is a cutaneous condition characterized by the deposition of calcium and phosphorous salts on scrotal skin. It presents as solitary or multiple, typically asymptomatic, hard yellowish intradermal nodules. Its etiology and pathogenesis are still debated. We report a case of a 54 year old male patient affected by the same with review of literature.

Idiopathic scrotal calcinosis (ISC) is a rare benign disease of scrotal skin, which presents with multiple, asymptomatic nodules on the scrotum appearing in childhood or early adulthood. It was first described by Lewinsky in 1883 as a subtype of calcinosis cutis . It was named as “Idiopathic scrotal calcinosis” by Shapiro et al. It typically begins in adolescence or early adulthood, usually during the third decade of life. The basic origin and pathogenesis remain controversial. The only treatment recommended for ISC is surgery which allows for pathologic confirmation of the disorder. We present a case of this rare pathology in a 54 year old with review of literature.

A 54 year old male presented to the General Surgery OPD with complaints of multiple, painless nodules over the scrotum of 15 Years duration. The nodules progressed gradually in size 1-1.5 cm and 220 in number. Mild itching was present, more during the nights. No history of any trauma and other associated symptoms. No significant family history was present. His hematological and biochemical profile comprising complete hemogram, serum Calcium, Phosphorous, Alkaline phosphatase, Parathyroid Hormone and Vit D3 were normal. With a provisional diagnosis of multiple calcified sebaceous cysts, surgery was performed and the specimen comprising of the nodular lesions covered by scrotal skin was sent for HPE.

Pathological findings

Gross: The specimen measured 10x8x5 cms with multiple, irregular varying size solid nodules, the cut section of which revealed multiple grey white to grey yellow flecks of calcification.

Microscopy: Microscopic examined revealed multiple, subepithelial, amorphous, basophilic deposits of varying sizes within cystic spaces. However no epithelial lining was noted within the cysts except for the normal overlying skin epithelium. Surrounding stroma showed foreign body giant cell reaction with lymphocytic infiltrate. A conclusive diagnosis of idiopathic scrotal calcinosis was rendered taking into account the entirely normal biochemical profile and follow up so far showed no recurrence. Images of the gross specimen and microscopy are enclosed as figure 1 & 2 respectively.

Idiopathic calcinosis cutis occurs in the absence of a tissue injury or a systemic metabolic defect. No causative factor has been identifiable. Idiopathic calcinosis of the normal skin has been described in the scrotum, penis, vulva and the breast. The exact incidence of ISC is not known.

ISC is characterized by slow growing, firm, yellowish white nodules which vary in number. While these lesions are usually asymptomatic, some patients report itching, pain, episodes of infection and exudation of chalky white material. Unusual presentations include pedunculated forms and perineal/ suprapubic pain consistent with chronic prostatitis. Histologically ISC is characterized by amorphous basophilic calcium depositions of various sizes that are surrounded by a foreign body type of giant cell reaction. Von Kossa stains the granules black. Fukaya and Ueda found numerous mast cells on toluidine blue staining in these lesions and implicated calcium chelation by mast cell secretions in the pathogenesis. According to Ito et al, IHC panel of EMA, CEA and GCDPF-15 support the eccrine origin of ISC . In most cases surgical en bloc excision of the scrotal skin with nodules has been found to be curative. Although recurrence is unusual, recurrent asymptomatic nodules may occur because of microscopic foci.

Etio pathogenesis still controversial further research studies required in present case surgical treatment satisfactory with NO recurrence no abnormality of calcium or phosphate metabolism detected .
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