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Bone Panel

Description

The Bone Panel screens the urine for bone markers that indicate the rate of bone turnover. In osteoporosis, bone mass is lost due to increase in bone resorption and decrease in bone formation. Osteoporosis is common is post-menopausal, thin, fair-complexioned women. In addition, the Bone Panel screens the blood for 3 other chemicals important in bone metabolism.

Test Description

One of the breakdown products of bone, Deoxypyridinoline (DPD) is a marker of increased bone turnover. Patients with osteoporosis have increased bone resorption, and loose bone mass.