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Paget's Disease Overview

What is Paget's disease?
A person with Paget's disease has a disorder that causes a change in the structure of the bones. In turn, the bones become weak and deformed. Paget's disease makes bones more prone to breaking. About 2 percent of people in the US who are over 55 years old have Paget's disease.

What are the symptoms of Paget's disease?
Symptoms of Paget's disease may include bone pain, back pain, headache, arm pain, leg pain, hip pain, knee pain, and neck pain. Additional symptoms of Paget's disease include deformed bones, bone tenderness, bowed legs, fatigue, hearing loss, loss of height, vertigo, and ringing in the ears.

How does the doctor treat Paget's disease?
Treatment for Paget's disease includes calcium supplements, vitamin D supplements, bisphosphonate medications, calcitonin, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Aug 20, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Paget's Disease References
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