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What tests are done to diagnose osteomalacia?

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Your doctor probably will recommend:

It doesn’t happen often, but your doctor may want to do a bone biopsy. This involves taking a piece of your bone tissue to check it.

  • Blood tests to measure the level of vitamin D in your body
  • X-rays to look at your bone structure
  • Bone mineral density scans to test the amount of calcium and phosphate in your bones

From: What is Osteomalacia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Scientists Gain New Clues to Bone Mineralization.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Osteomalacia.”

Cedars Sinai Medical Center: “Osteomalacia.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Rickets, Vitamin D Deficiency.”

Mayo Clinic: “Osteomalacia.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Osteoporosis and Osteomalacia.”

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: “Vitamin D.”

 

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Scientists Gain New Clues to Bone Mineralization.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Osteomalacia.”

Cedars Sinai Medical Center: “Osteomalacia.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Rickets, Vitamin D Deficiency.”

Mayo Clinic: “Osteomalacia.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Osteoporosis and Osteomalacia.”

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: “Vitamin D.”

 

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

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