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Paget's Disease of Bone

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Also called: Also called: Osteitis deformans

Paget's disease of bone causes your bones to grow larger and weaker than normal. They also might break easily. The disease can lead to other health problems, too, such as arthritis and hearing loss. You can have Paget's disease in any bone, but it is most common in the spine, pelvis, skull and legs. The disease might affect one or several bones, but not your entire skeleton. More men than women have the disease. It is most common in older people.

Many people do not know they have Paget's disease because their symptoms are mild. For others, symptoms can include

No one knows what causes Paget's disease. In some cases, a virus might be responsible. It tends to run in families. You can treat Paget's disease with medicine and sometimes surgery. A good diet and exercise might also help.

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Date last updated: August 31 2008
Topic last reviewed: August 07 2008