Information About Renal Osteodystrophy

Renal bone disease (also known as renal osteodystrophy) is due to changes in mineral metabolism and bone structure, and occurs to some degree in everyone with progressive renal disease. Renal bone disease can be slowed or perhaps even prevented with early intervention using dietary measures and medications such as phosphate binders and calcitriol. Recently, new phosphate binders and a new class of drugs, the calcimimetics, have been introduced. Sometimes surgery (parathyroidectomy) is needed.