According to the American College of Rheumatology, the Paget's disease typically occurs in older population. Although it is uncommon (it affects approximately 1% of USA population), it is a chronic and very disabling disease that affects more men than women.
It is important to know this disease because many people don't know what it is, and they cannot recognize that they have the disease until advanced stages when the severity of the symptoms makes them consult a doctor.
What is a Paget’s Disease?
Paget's disease is defined by the American College of Rheumatology as the existence of a faster rate in the bone rebuilding process, so this rebuilt and new bone has an abnormal structure. The bone formed in Paget's disease is considered softer than normal bone, so the patient can experience weakness and bending of the arms, pelvis, low back (spine), hips, thighs and even head (cranium).
It is important to know that normally, as people get older, the bone rebuilding is slower and not faster. This disease makes the patient more prone to develop extremities discomfort, arthritis, hearing loss and pathologic fractures.
It is always important to consult a qualified doctor to determine if a person has Paget’s disease and avoid its complications (please follow the link to read on Consultation General Medicine).
What Is the Difference Between Paget’s Disease and Osteoporosis?
Paget's disease and osteoporosis can be difficult to differentiate clinically speaking, but they are not the same thing. The main difference between Paget’s disease and osteoporosis is that the first one consists in an abnormal and faster bone formation, while in the second one the density and quality of the bone are reduced. In other terms, in Paget’s disease there is an excessive amount of bone, but it is of bad quality, while in osteoporosis the patient has less bone.
Another important difference between Paget’s disease and osteoporosis is that the first one seems to be caused by heritance and exposure to certain viruses (although the specific cause is unknown), while the second one is caused by a higher rate of bone loss than bone formation, so the bone become porous and more prone to fracture.
Another important difference between Paget's disease and osteoporosis is the fact that the first one is more common in men while the second one is more common in women. Only a qualified doctor can make a difference between these diseases based on the patient’s clinic and some laboratory tests.
How Much Does Diagnosis and Treatment of Paget’s Disease Cost?
The cost of Paget’s disease diagnosis and treatment will vary according to the techniques that will be used for both of them, the patient’s age and general health condition, the presence of comorbidities (especially other bones’ diseases), the number of specialists that will treat the patient and their qualification, among others.
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