Paget's Disease (cont.)
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
Catherine Burt Driver, MD
Catherine Burt Driver, MD, is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Driver is a member of the American College of Rheumatology. She currently is in active practice in the field of rheumatology in Mission Viejo, Calif., where she is a partner in Mission Internal Medical Group.
In this Article
- Paget's disease facts
- What is Paget's disease?
- What are the types of Paget's disease?
- What causes Paget's disease?
- What are risk factors for Paget's disease?
- Who discovered Paget's disease?
- What are Paget's disease symptoms and signs?
- What specialties of doctors diagnose and treat Paget's disease?
- How do health care professionals make a diagnosis of Paget's disease?
- What is the medical treatment for Paget's disease?
- Are there home remedies for Paget's disease?
- What are complications of Paget's disease?
- What is the prognosis for Paget's disease?
- Is it possible to prevent Paget's disease?
- Where can I find more information about Paget's disease?
- Find a local Rheumatologist in your town
What are Paget's disease symptoms and signs?
Paget's disease causes no symptoms in a majority of those with the condition and is often incidentally noted when X-ray tests are obtained for other reasons. However, Paget's disease can cause bone pain, deformity, fracture, and arthritis. The bone pain of Paget's disease is located in the affected area of bone. The most common bones affected by Paget's disease include the spine, the thigh bone (femur), the pelvis, the skull, the collarbone (clavicle), and the upper arm bone (humerus). Fractures can occur because affected bone is not as strong as normal bone. Arthritis occurs because of the deformity of affected bone adjacent to the joint and because of bowing of affected long bones. The type of arthritis that results is osteoarthritis.
The symptoms of Paget's disease depend on the bones affected and the severity of the disease. Enlarged bones can pinch adjacent nerves, causing tingling and numbness. Bowing of the legs can occur. Hip or knee involvement can lead to arthritis, limping, as well as pain and stiffness of the hip or knee. Headache, loss of vision, and hearing loss can occur when bones of the skull are affected. With very widespread Paget's disease, it is possible to develop congestive heart failure due to an increased workload on the heart. Sometimes the skin overlying the involved bone is warmer than usual. This is because of the increased blood supply to pagetic bone.
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