Renal osteodystrophy or chronic kidney disease-mineral bone disorder is a bone disease that is caused by kidney failure. Common among people on dialysis.
To understand renal osteodystrophy you need to first understand bones. Bones, seem solid, however, upon closer inspection under a microscope, you would actually see 'old bone' breaking down while 'new bone' forms. This is called remodelling. When kidneys are healthy, this process of remodelling goes perfectly. Healthy kidneys, ensure healthy bones, by keeping the bone building minerals calcium and phosphorus in balance in your blood.
Changes to the bones can take years before symptoms start to show. Symptoms may include: joint pain, bone pain and fractures.
Your bones do three things to assist in a healthy body:
- Store minerals that your body requires
- Produces red blood cells
- Holds your body in frame and protects your organs