Renal osteodystrophy

Abnormalities of bone mineral metabolism associated with chronic kidney disease.

Symptoms of Renal osteodystrophy

The following features are indicative of Renal osteodystrophy:
  • bone pain
  • joint pain
  • bone deformation
  • bone fracture
It is possible that Renal osteodystrophy shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Renal osteodystrophy

The following are the most common causes of Renal osteodystrophy:
  • altered metabolism of vitamin D, calcium, and phosphorus
  • parathyroid hormone imbalance

Risk Factors for Renal osteodystrophy

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Renal osteodystrophy:
  • history of diabetes mellitus
  • renal allograft failure
  • parathyroidectomy
  • bilateral nephrectomy
  • kidney dialysis

Prevention of Renal osteodystrophy

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Renal osteodystrophy. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • eat low phosphorus-rich diet
  • do regular exercise

Occurrence of Renal osteodystrophy

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Renal osteodystrophy cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Renal osteodystrophy can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Renal osteodystrophy can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Renal osteodystrophy

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Renal osteodystrophy:
  • Blood test: To check calcium, phosphate, and parathyroid hormone levels in the blood
  • X-ray: To diagnose bone abnormalities

Complications of Renal osteodystrophy if untreated

Yes, Renal osteodystrophy causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Renal osteodystrophy is left untreated:
  • slowed bone growth
  • bone deformities
  • heart problems
  • blood vessel problems

Procedures for Treatment of Renal osteodystrophy

The following procedures are used to treat Renal osteodystrophy:
  • Parathyroidectomy: To remove parathyroid glands

Self-care for Renal osteodystrophy

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Renal osteodystrophy:
  • Eat low phosphorus-rich diet: Help improve symptoms of renal osteodystrophy
  • Do regular exercise: Help increase bone strength

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Renal osteodystrophy

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Renal osteodystrophy:
  • Baker LR. Prevention of renal osteodystrophy. Miner Electrolyte Metab. 1991;17(4):240-9.URL:
  • NIH Mineral & Bone Disorder in Chronic Kidney Disease URL:

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Renal osteodystrophy.

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