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How is Paget's disease diagnosed?

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Paget's can be hard to diagnose. It can be confused with arthritis, osteoporosis, spinal stenosis, or other changes that come with age. Some people only find out they have it because of an X-ray or blood test taken for a different reason.

To see if you have Paget's disease of bone, your doctor will examine you and ask questions about your family history. They'll want pictures taken of your bones, because a bone with Paget's will look larger and thicker than usual. It can look like it didn't grow right.

From: What Is Paget's Disease of Bone? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: "Paget's Disease of Bone."

American College of Rheumatology: "Paget's Disease of Bone."

Mayo Clinic: "Paget's disease of bone."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "What Is Paget's Disease of Bone? Fast Facts."

NIHSeniorHealth: "Paget's Disease of Bone."

National Organization for Rare Diseases: "Paget's Disease."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Paget's Disease."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: "Paget's Disease of Bone."

American College of Rheumatology: "Paget's Disease of Bone."

Mayo Clinic: "Paget's disease of bone."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "What Is Paget's Disease of Bone? Fast Facts."

NIHSeniorHealth: "Paget's Disease of Bone."

National Organization for Rare Diseases: "Paget's Disease."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Paget's Disease."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 28, 2018

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