What is Paget’s disease?
With Paget’s disease the normal cycle of bone renewal and repair is disrupted, and the affected bones become weakened and deformed.
How common is Paget’s disease?
Paget’s disease is the second most common type of bone condition, after osteoporosis. Paget’s disease is most widespread in Britain and occurs among people of white British descent. It is an age-related condition, and 1-2% of white adults aged over 55 are estimated to suffer from it.
What are the symptoms of Paget’s disease?
Symptoms of Paget’s disease include bone pain, misshaped limbs, bone fractures, hearing loss, vertigo, headaches, stiffness, numbness or tingling, loss of movement and bowel or bladder incontinence.
How is Paget’s disease treated?
The aim of treatment is to relieve symptoms. Paget’s disease is treated with medication to relieve pain and regulate bone remodelling, and in severe cases surgery is recommended.
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