Is parathyroid hormone measurement useful for the diagnosis of renal bone disease?
Kidney Int. 2008 Mar;73(6):674-6
Authors: Drüeke TB
The non-invasive diagnosis of bone turnover in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) remains difficult compared with bone histomorphometry as the gold standard. Most clinicians rely on surrogate markers, mainly serum parathyroid hormone and total alkaline phosphatases, in association with serum calcium and phosphorus. Although very high serum PTH levels generally allow the diagnosis of high bone turnover, slight elevations, normal, or low values cannot allow a reliable distinction between normal or low turnover.
PMID: 18309349 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]