After osteoporosis, Paget’s disease is the second most common type of bone disease, as explained by Medical News Today. Specifically, the body absorbing old bone and forming abnormal bone characterizes the disease. This malfunctioning of the bone remodeling process causes a person with Paget’s disease to develop new bone in incorrect locations of the body, while old bone is then removed in areas where it is needed. Because regeneration of the bone is impaired, a person with the disease will not heal as effectively from an injury.
One might assume that a dermatologist wouldn’t be familiar with Paget’s disease. However, there are certain skin-related forms that can only be detected when assessed by a dermatologist or skin cancer expert. Dr. Kayal at Kayal Dermatology is an esteemed Mohs surgeon with extensive knowledge and experience in the treatment of Paget’s disease. Dr. Kayal understands that when diagnosed early, patients with Paget’s disease have more effective surgical options.
Extramammary Paget’s disease (EMPD) is an example of a rare cancer of the breast that is ironically found in skin abnormalities around the anus and genitals, most commonly in postmenopausal women. Stanford Healthcare describes some of the symptoms of EMPD, which include itching and burning, with pain and bleeding from scratching. The lesions may appear red, scaly and crusty. In time, the eczema-like rash can spread to other areas surrounding the genitals, including the thighs. Paget’s disease may also affect the skin tissues of the breast, specifically the areola and nipple.
Dermatologists have the expertise and diagnostic tools needed to properly identify Paget’s disease, as it is often mistaken for eczema, psoriasis or moniliasis. Testing might include a skin biopsy, ultrasound or needle biopsy. The most suitable treatment protocol will depend on whether tumors are found beneath the skin. It’s important to understand that when it comes to Paget’s disease, symptoms are notably mild. Yet, because the disease could be caused by invasive or adnexal malignancies, any symptoms should be evaluated quickly.
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Kayal Dermatology makes every effort to provide patients with the utmost respect and care. If you are experiencing symptoms related to Paget’s disease, you can be sure that Dr. Kayal and his compassionate team can help, as we provide experienced treatment with high success rates. Call today to schedule a confidential consultation.