Paget’s disease

Paget’s disease of the bone is named after Sir James Paget, who first identified the condition in the late 19th century.  It affects the way the bone develops and renews itself, resulting it to become weaker than normal.

Paget’s disease can be asymptomatic (no symptoms experienced) or may cause bone pain.  The exact cause of this condition is unknown, however genetic and lifestyle factors may play a part.  It is often diagnosed following a blood test or x-ray and sometimes a bone scan can help in confirming the diagnosis.

Paget’s disease can result in the following complications:

  • bone expansion
  • fractures
  • nerve compression
  • deafness
  • osteoarthritis
  • bone tumours – very rarely

Paget’s disease can be treated with a group of medications called Bisphosphonates (which are also used in the treatment of Osteoporosis).

Dr Seth is an expert in the diagnosis and management of Paget’s disease and works closely with her patients and a team of specialists including physiotherapists and orthopaedic surgeons.