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calcification

[‚kal·sə·fə′kā·shən]
(geochemistry)
Any process of soil formation in which the soil colloids are saturated to a high degree with exchangeable calcium, thus rendering them relatively immobile and nearly neutral in reaction.
(physiology)
The deposit of calcareous matter within the tissues of the body.
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At the same time, another vitamin K-dependent Gla-protein known as MGP (for "matrix Gla-protein"), normally found in healthy arterial walls, is a strong inhibitor of vascular calcification.
Florid intracranial calcification in children is caused by birth anoxia, Cockayne disease, tuberous sclerosis, or infections such as toxoplasmosis or cytomegalovirus.
Fine pleomorphic calcifications are well known for being associated with malignancy in the breast parenchyma, most notable for the association with DCIS, particularly when identified in a segmental, branching, or linear pattern (2).
16,17) With exceptions, diffuse, central, lamellar, and popcorn type calcifications are indicative of benign etiologies, while stippled and eccentric patterns are indeterminate.
Now Andreas Pasch, MD (University Hospital and University of Bern, Inselspital, in Switzerland) and his colleagues have developed the first test capable of measuring the propensity for calcification to occur in blood.
Cores with calcifications were identified in some way in 66% (386 of 585) of the cases by the radiologists (Table 2).
Additional analyses were also performed using volumetric scoring of CAC, an alternative method for measuring CAC, and showed cinacalcet plus low-dose vitamin D significantly slowed the progression of calcification compared with flexible doses of vitamin D alone.
Two of the five failures were due to the inability to place the hook wire sufficiently close to the targeted calcifications, and one was due to excessive patient motion.
These calcifications had a similar density and regular margins but varied in size.