Renal Osteodystrophy: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 11/10/2020

Renal osteodystrophy is a bone disease. The condition is common in people with kidney failure and eventually affects most patients receiving dialysis, but symptoms do not typically occur until a person has received dialysis for a few years.

The problems with calcium and phosphorus balance usually develop many years before any physical symptoms are seen. Renal osteodystrophy is most serious in children because the condition slows bone growth, leading to deformities and short stature. When symptoms do develop, these can include

Other associated symptoms can include

Cause of renal osteodystrophy

Failure of the kidneys to maintain proper levels of calcium and phosphorus in the blood causes renal osteodystrophy.

Other renal osteodystrophy symptoms and signs

  • Bone Fractures
  • Bone Pain
  • Deformation of Bones
  • Itching
  • Joint Pain
  • Poor Mobility
  • Red Eyes
  • Sores from Calcium-Phosphorus Deposits


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