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Bone Resorption Test

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Updated January 13, 2005

The Bone Resorption Test is a urine test that measures bone turnover and bone loss. It looks collagen molecules called pyridinium crosslinks and deoxypyridinoline that are only found in bone and cartilage. These molecules are released only during collagen breakdown in bone and cartilage.

Health conditions this test is used to assess
The Bone Resorption Assessment can evaluate the current rate of bone loss in osteoporosis, bone diseases associated with arthritis, metabolic bone disease, and cancer, and the effectiveness of calcium supplementation and other treatment methods.

What does this test involve?
This test involves taking a urine specimen and sending it to the lab. The lab takes the specimen and measures levels of the two collagen molecules. The higher the value, the greater the bone loss.

How can I get this test done?
Talk to your health care professional about your symptoms and ask if this test would be useful for you. It can be done through: Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratory.

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