We describe a tumoral calcinosis (TC) patient with a calcified mass around the hip joint. Once diagnosed, she was followed up with vinpocetine [14-ethoxycarbonyl-(3 alpha,16 alpha-ethyl)/14,15-eburnamenine] treatment, which was reported to be effective in eliminating TC in a previous study. We think that vinpocetine contributed, at least in part, to the process of TC elimination. Although there are many reports about the surgical excision of calcified masses in TC, local recurrences are not uncommon. Our success with conservative treatment has encouraged us to refrain from surgical procedures in patients with TC. (C) 2006 European Federation of Internal Medicine. Published by Elsevier B.V All rights reserved.