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Paget's Disease Symptoms & Diagnosis

Symptoms

In the early stages, most people have no noticeable symptoms. In later stages, symptoms may include:

  • Swelling or deformity of a limb
  • Increased head size
  • Bowing of a limb
  • Curvature of the spine
  • Chronic bone pain, especially legs, hips, or spine
  • Frequent fractures
  • Problems with walking or gait
  • Headaches, facial pain, or hearing loss when the skull bones are affected
  • Swollen or painful joints due to damaged joint cartilage
  • Numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness from pressure on nerves

Depending on the bone site, Paget's disease may result in:

Diagnosis

The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. Tests may include:

  • Blood tests—such as those for alkaline phosphatase or calcium
  • X-ray —a test that uses radiation to take a picture of the bones
  • Bone scan —a series of pictures of bones taken after injection of a small amount of radioactive material

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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