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How is Paget's disease diagnosed?

A doctor performing an x-ray for other reasons often discovers the bone changes that indicate Paget's disease. If Paget's disease is suspected, a blood test or bone scan can confirm the diagnosis. A blood test measures the amount of alkaline phosphatase. Alkaline phosphatase is an enzyme that helps bones form. It usually occurs in higher amounts in people with Paget's disease. A bone scan uses radioactive tracers to find which parts of the bones have Paget's disease.

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