Calcium deposits on a person's brain can be serious, according to GlobalMD, and can even be life-threatening. Calcium deposits on the brain can be associated with brain tumors or can be abnormally deposited on areas of the brain where the calcium interferes with the brain's ability to function, according to the federal Genetics Home Reference site.Know More
The federal Genetics Home Reference discusses one such serious condition, known as familial idiopathic basal ganglia calcification or FIBGC. FIBGC is rare, but it does cause serious behavioral, psychiatric and movement problems. People with FIBGC will have seizures, memory loss, personality changes, dementia, problems with involuntary tensing of their muscles and problems controlling their limbs. With FIBGC the calcium is deposited on the basal ganglia.
Calcium deposits for cancer and tumors can be found in any area of the brain, according to GlobalMD. To find the calcium deposits, doctors often perform X-rays of the skull or the head because the X-ray is less sensitive and often less expensive when compared to the alternative brain scan.
Non-life-threatening and serious problems can also result from calcium deposits, but these are typically calcium deposits that are located in areas of the body other than the brain. WebMD states that calcium deposits found in the shoulders, knees, feet, hips, elbows, hands and feet can create calcific tendinitis. The condition is painful, but is not life-threatening.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases
Calcium deposits are usually caused by underlying health conditions that increase the amount of calcium produced by the body. This may include excessive vitamin D intake, renal complications, lupus, hyperthyroidism or a simple genetic inheritance. Calcium deposits are often not problematic, but deposits that are particularly irritable may be removed through surgery.Full Answer >
Professor Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen of the University of Copenhagen explains that soft and painless yellow spots around the eyes contain deposits of cholesterol. The Daily Mail reports that in a more than 30-year study from 2009, her team found that the yellow markings around the eyes known as xanthelasmata are linked to heart disease; additionally, people with this condition more likely have a heart attack or die within 10 years.Full Answer >
The heart'saortic valve becomescalcified when deposits of calcium form on it. These calcium deposits typically affect the leaflets of the valve, thus preventing the proper closing and opening of the aortic valve, according to Healthline. This may lead to a condition known as valvular regurgitation or insufficiency where blood leaks back into the left ventricle while entering the aorta.Full Answer >
Cholesterol deposits around the eyes are usually the result of elevated fat levels in the bloodstream. Metabolic disorders, such as diabetes, can also cause the condition, notes WebMD.Full Answer >