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      Clinical Features of Aluminum-Associated Bone Disease in Long-Term Hemodialysis Patients

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          We encountered 11 patients with aluminum-associated bone disease (AABD), and treated them with deferoxamine (DFO). In 3 patients, a second bone biopsy was done during DFO treatment. Clinical features of AABD were compared with surgically proven secondary hyperparathyroidism (2°HPT) with osteitis fibrosa on X-ray. Patients with AABD had disabling bone pain. This disease showed radiological signs ranging from normal, localized bone atrophy, to multiple fractures. It was characterized by increased soft tissue activity and localized abnormal uptake of <sup>99m</sup>Tc-MDP, detected by skeletal scintigrams. Patients with AABD had low levels of parathyroid hormone and alkaline phosphatase, but high aluminum (Al) levels compared to those with 2°ΗPT. Serum Al increased after DFO administration, and the patients improved both clinically and histologically. 1-α-Hydroxyvitamin D<sub>3</sub> (1-α-OH D<sub>3</sub>) was not effective for AABD. We concluded that the administration of antacids containing Al should be minimized in dialysis patients.

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          S. Karger AG
          04 December 2008
          : 42
          : 3
          : 204-209
          aDepartment of Urology, Kyoto First Red Cross Hospital, Kyoto, and bDepartment of Nuclear Medicine, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
          183668 Nephron 1986;42:204–209
          © 1986 S. Karger AG, Basel

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