Bone histology in incipient and advanced renal failure

H. H. Malluche, E. Ritz, H. P. Lange, L. Kutschera, M. Hodgson, U. Seiffert, W. Schoeppe

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Quantitative bone histology (micromorphometry of undecalcified sections, analysis under polarized light, fluorescence microscopy with tetracycline double labelling) as well as serum and urinary chemistry (creatinine clearance, parathyroid hormone, ionized Ca, bone phosphatase, pH), were studied in 50 patients with incipient to advanced (glomerular filtration rate, 80 to 6 ml/min x 1.73 m2) renal insufficiency. In incipient renal failure, indirect evidence of parathyroid hormone excess was found in the skeleton (empty osteoclastic lacunae, woven osteoid). Osteoclastic surface resorption was abnormally high when GFR fell below 50 ml/min x 1.73 m2 and endosteal fibrosis appeared below GFR of 30 ml/min x 1.73 m2. With the tetracycline double labelling technique, a mineralization defect was demonstrable in many but not all patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-362
Number of pages8
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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