Paget disease is a disorder that involves abnormal bone destruction and regrowth. This results in deformity of the affected bones. The disease can cause affected bones to become fragile and misshapen. Paget's disease of bone most commonly occurs in the pelvis, skull, spine and legs. Signs and symptoms can include:
§ Enlarged bones
§ Broken bones
§ Damaged cartilage in joints.
HOW IS PAGET'S DISEASE OF BONE DIAGNOSED?
A bone scan followed with an X-ray are the two best ways to diagnose this problem along with observing and checking the related symptoms.
HOW IS PAGET'S DISEASE OF BONE TREATED?
Paget’s disease is treated with medicine and sometimes surgery. A good diet and exercise are also important. Surgery is sometimes needed to treat broken bones, malformed bones, or severe arthritis. Exercise helps build strong bones, prevents weight gain, and keeps joints mobile.
DID YOU KNOW?
The risk of Paget's disease of bone increases with age. Your risk also increases if any family members have the disorder.