Healthy bones are constantly growing and changing. To keep your bones strong, your kidneys must keep the right balance of several important substances. These include phosphorus, calcium, parathyroid hormone, and vitamin D.
When you have chronic kidney disease, your body no longer keeps the right balance of these substances. This can lead to bone disease. When bone disease is caused by kidney problems, it is called renal bone disease.
Renal bone disease is called a "silent disease" because the bone changes begin long before symptoms occur. As renal bone disease gets worse, it may cause:
By working with your doctor, you can take steps to reduce your chance of having weak or broken bones.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
You may be able to avoid renal bone disease by:
There are many types of treatment for renal bone disease. You may need to:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: April 3, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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