VCU Program for Osteoporosis and Bone Health

Paget's Disease

Paget's Disease is a chronic disorder that typically results in enlarged and deformed bones. The excessive breakdown and formation of bone tissue that occurs with Paget's disease can cause bone to weaken, resulting in bone pain, arthritis, deformities, and fractures. Paget's disease may be caused by a "slow virus" infection, present for many years before symptoms appear. There is also a hereditary factor since the disease may appear in more than one family member.

Risk Factors

  • Bone Pain
  • Headaches
  • Hearing Loss
  • Pressure on nerves
  • Increased head size, bowing of limb, or curvature of spine
  • hip pain
  • damage of cartilage of joints


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Last Updated on September 13, 2005

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