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X ray of broken bone showed hole in bone biopsy done and was neg for bone cancer. Recent blood test showed low white blood count. Reason for concern?

X ray of broken bone showed hole in bone biopsy done and was neg for bone cancer. Recent blood test showed low white blood count. Reason for concern?

Evaluation warranted: Depending on how low the white count, it would be wise to continue to be followed by a primary health care provider and/or hematologist. It will likely return to normal, but it should be followed. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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What is bone mineral density testing?

What is bone mineral density testing?

Dexa scan: It is a radiologic test, x-ray procedure, to examine the bone density and is used in forecasting the risk of fractures. ...Read more

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Is an increase in bone mineral density good or bad?

Is an increase in bone mineral density good or bad?

To a point...: In general an increase in bone mineral density is a good thing for older adults. There are some unusual conditions (paget's disease) where one can have too much bone. If you have a very bone mineral density already there is probably no an advantage to getting it even higher. ...Read more

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At what age should I starting getting bone mineral density testing and a bone scan?

At what age should I starting getting bone mineral density testing and a bone scan?

It depends: Bone scans are used to evaluate for bone infections, recent fractures, and bone cancer, and are not used to check for osteoporosis. Most people never need one. Bone density testing should start when there is a reasonable probability of increased fracture risk that would require treatment. So it depends on risk factors. A common age to start would be 50 for women or 70 for men. ...Read more

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Does the loss of bone mineral density have anything to do with constant breaking of toenails?

Not directly: Bone density changes should not affect the toe nails as they are not made if bone. There are, however, systemic medical conditions that can cause loss in bone density and characteristic changes in the nails as well. A good medical checkup would probably be a good place to start. ...Read more

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Parathyroid hormone at 170pg/ml, vit d at 8ng/ml, calcium serum 10.2 yesterday and 9.1 today, bone mineral density t-score -1.5.. What does this mean?

Parathyroid hormone at 170pg/ml, vit d at 8ng/ml, calcium serum 10.2 yesterday and 9.1 today, bone mineral density t-score -1.5.. What does this mean?

Bones, Vit D: This is complex, and a precise answer cannot be given on line. Several thoughts: the PTH is high. But this may not reflect anything wrong with the parathyroid glands. Low vit d will result in a reflex increase in pth, and usually the serum ca stays normal, but there is increased bone resorption. Why is the vit d so low? ...Read more

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Dr. just ordered a bone scan to find out the density I guess never had one before can you please tell me how this test is done or all about it and why?

Dr. just ordered a bone scan to find out the density I guess never had one before can you please tell me how this test is done or all about it and why?

Bone Density: I'm assuming you mean a DEXA scan for bone density? It is a quick, simple, painless test. It is essentially equivalent to getting an X-ray. You lay on the scan table, the tech takes the scan, and you are done. No preparation necessary. ...Read more

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Why would u do a bone density test on a woman my wife is geting one done

Why would u do a bone density test on a woman my wife is geting one done

To : To see if she if her calcium levels in the bone are affected. In women, if estrogen levels drop (could be for a variety of reasons, one including menopause) calcium levels drop too, causing drop in bone density, fractures, brittle bones and possibly bone deformities. Bone density test sometimes needs to be repeated more than once to show actual drop in bone density. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between a bone density test and a bone scan?

Can you tell me the difference between a bone density test and a bone scan?

Yes: Bone density tests measure the amount of calcium in the bone to determine a person's risk for fractures. Bone scans use a radioactive tracer to identify areas of abnormally high cellular activity in the bone. Some conditions that may show up on a bone scan include recent fractures, infections of the bone, or some forms of cancer in the bone. ...Read more

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I have to get a bone density test done i'm just wandering, do they weigh you, what to do?

I have to get a bone density test done i'm just wandering, do they weigh you, what to do?

No: They don't need to weigh you. It is a simple, quick test. You lay on a table and the scan is performed by the tech. ...Read more

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What to do if I have to get a bone density test done I'm just wandering, do they weigh you?

What to do if I have to get a bone density test done I'm just wandering, do they weigh you?

DXA: A bone densitometry test, or DXA, is fast and easy. Yes, they weight you. It's very useful information, and can allow intervention to reduce fracture risk before a fracture occurs. ...Read more

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Bone density test showed I had osteopenia couple of years age. Since test I've had spine surgery with instrumentation. Can I get another test done?

Bone density test showed I had osteopenia couple of years age. Since test I've had spine surgery with instrumentation. Can I get another test done?

Yes: Depends on level of instrumentation on whether your spine will be able to be tested and compared to previous. Hips will still be able to be tested in order to risk stratify you. ...Read more

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I've had hip pain since I was 18 when a car had fell and broke it in 4 places and I've had mris cat scans xrays and bone density tests done and all the drs I went to say nothing wrong what could be wrong with my hip?

I've had hip pain since I was 18 when a car had fell and broke it in 4 places and I've had mris cat scans xrays and bone density tests done and all the drs I went to say nothing wrong what could be wrong with my hip?

Hip pain: Its not that 'nothing is wrong'. Its they can't see/find a specific problem to fix. You have a lot of scar tissue and bone remodelling. You don't say if this is joint pain on movement or not but I would surmise the joint is an issue. Try a steroid injection into the hip joint. It does have some risk of other problems. The pain is most likely scar tissue. Perhaps remove the hardware. Ask ortho. ...Read more

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Should men get bone density tests?

Yes: If there is physical evidence for thin bones as when a man's bones look thin on x-ray or there is a history of fracture with minor injury or there has been a loss of 1.5 inches of height, or if there are other risks for osteoporosis such as long-term treatment with steroids like Prednisone or hormonal treatment for prostate cancer or hyperparathyroidism, DEXA scan absolutely should be done. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the difference between bone density and peak bone density?

T-Score: Hi. Peak bone density occurs in both men & women at about age 30. That's when fracture risk in life is minimal. After age ~30, both women & men lose bone mass (and women have further accelerated loss after menopause). At any age, the number of standard deviations below peak bone mass at age 30 (for race & gender) is the T-score. At Peak bone mass, age 30, average T-score is 0.0. Negative T-Score ...Read more

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What can you tell me about bone density indexes - I am 41 years old - 137 lbs 5' tall?

Bone density : Tests are not indicates at your age unless there is juvenile osteoporosis in your family. Normally a baseline is done a year after menopause because estrogen is protective. You do have a risk factor being on thyroid medication . The results are scored and age matched. ...Read more

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Does a bone density test usually hurt?

Does a bone density test usually hurt?

No: The best bone density test, called dxa, does not use any needles. A person lies on a table and a very small dose of radiation passes through the lower spine and hip to measure bone density. It is painless. ...Read more

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Will my insurance cover a bone density test?

Will my insurance cover a bone density test?

Maybe: Depends on your insurance. For postmenopausal women a bone density test can be an important part of preventive care. If your insurance covers preventive care, such a test may be included. ...Read more

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How do they test for low bone density?

Bone densitometer: An instrument called a bone densitometer is utilizes a very small dose of radiation to measure bone density in the spine, hip and forearm. ...Read more

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How does the bone density test define osteoporosis?

How does the bone density test define osteoporosis?

Only partly: The DEXA scan gives the bone mineral density at the hips, spine and forearm. These scores can predict osteoporosis: 't-score' of less than -2.5 is considered osteoporosis. However, many people suffer osteoporosis fractures despite having better bone densities. So, we also use other factors: age, ethnicity, size, family history, prior fractures, smoking, alcohol, other conditions to predict risks. ...Read more

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Can you advise me on going for bone density test, would they weigh you?

Can you advise me on going for bone density test, would they weigh you?

No: They don't need to weigh you. It is a simple, quick test. You lay on a table and the scan is performed by the tech. ...Read more

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Can i get an inaccurate reading from the heel bone density test?

Bone density: Any test can give an inaccurate reading , especially the pharmacy located devices. See your family doc for a more accurate test that usually takes place at the hip area ...Read more

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Bone density test shows osteoporosis of the spine & hip, hip:-3.03, spine:-3.58 what is the recommended treatment?

Bone density test shows osteoporosis of the spine & hip, hip:-3.03, spine:-3.58 what is the recommended treatment?

Osteoporosis: Sir you have osteoporosis and it may be a bad case. You should discuss this with your doctor at once and obtain medical treatment. Exercise, calcium, and vitamin d are going to be insufficient. You will likely need a bisphosphonate like alendronate, pamidronate, or zoledronic acid. ...Read more

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Who should have a bone density test?

DEXA: Women over the age of 65, men over 70 and certain high risk categories. ...Read more

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When could I get a bone density test?

Depends who you ask: Recommendations say age 60 now but ages 50-60 are when the most bone is lost so it would be good to know where you stand about age 50. If you have been on oral steroids for a long time or if your vit d level is low then you might need a scan even earlier. I do not agree that age 60 is the ideal age for a density scan but many doctors start at that age. I think the cat is out of the bag by then. ...Read more

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What does a "low normal" bone density test mean?

What does a "low normal" bone density test mean?

Very little!: When the world health organization arbitrarily set a level of bone mineral density (bmd) below which a person was said "to have" osteoporosis, the opportunity was immediately seized by interested parties to declare a range better than that density but adjacent to it as "osteopenia". Above that is called "normal" bmd is a continuum! normal is normal. Low normal means normal. ...Read more

Minerals (Definition)

Your body uses minerals to stay healthy and perform vital functions like bone development. Eating a healthy diet full of variety is the best way to the ...Read more