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MUSCULOSKELETAL AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISEASES
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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Juvenile Arthritis Scleroderma Ankylosing Spondylitis
Sjogren's Syndrome Polymyalgia Rheumatica Polymyositis Osteomyelitis
Mixed Connective Tissue Disease Paget's Disease Infectious Arthritis Osteogenic Sarcoma
Reiter's Syndrome Metastatic Carcinoma of Bone Rheumatoid Arthritis .
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LABORATORY FINDINGS

  • Increased serum alkalkine phosphatase - this reflects new bone formation by the tumour.  It is usually not more than two to three times higher than normal for the age of the patient.
  • Increased alkaline phosphatase after surgical removal of the tumour suggests spread or recurrence of the tumour.
  • *Biopsy showing malignant bone tumour
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