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Paget's Disease of Bone - Cause

We don't know what causes Paget's disease. But genetic factors and viruses may play a role.

  • Genetics. If your parents, brothers, or sisters have Paget's disease, you are more likely to develop the disease than if you do not have a family history of the disease.1
  • Virus. Viruses have been found in the bones of people with Paget's disease. The viruses may be associated with measles or canine distemper (found in dogs).2 But there is no proof that any of these viruses cause Paget's disease.
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Last Updated: September 01, 2011
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