Paget's Disease of Bone (cont.)
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Exams and Tests
Most people who have Paget's disease have no symptoms. Most often Paget's disease is discovered when you see your doctor for a different reason, such as hip pain. A bone X-ray or abnormal blood test often leads to the discovery of Paget's disease.
Your doctor or nurse will want to be sure your symptoms are not caused by bone cancer, noncancerous tumors, fibrous tissue within the bone, or soft and deformed bones.
Lab tests. Lab tests alone cannot be used to diagnose Paget's disease. Your doctor can use the results of lab tests along with results of your physical and medical exams and bone X-rays.
X-rays. Several types of X-rays may be used to confirm the diagnosis of Paget's disease and help find out whether there are complications from the disease. X-ray tests may include:
If you are diagnosed with Paget's disease, you will need regular checkups by your doctor or nurse to watch the progress of the disease. Monitoring may include blood and urine tests that measure the amount of chemicals released from bone.
Most people are not screened for Paget's disease. But if you have a family history of this disease, you may want to talk with your doctor or nurse about having your blood tested (alkaline phosphatase test) when you reach age 40.
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