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what are the basic lab tests to rule out multiple myleoma vs osteoporosis. they look similar on x-ray, been exposed to a lot of high radiation scans.

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Dr. Forrest Jones
Specializes in Family Medicine
See your clinician : The X-ray bone changes are different for MM & osteoporosis, where MM has "lytic" changes, & osteoporosis has fractures - esp. wedge fractures of the vertebral bodies of the spine. There are specific tests that help identify the diagnosis at early stages: serum protein electrophoresis in MM, & DEXA scan in osteoporosis. Do discuss this with your primary medical provider. Hope that helps.

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