A 35-year-old female renal transplant recipient was referred to the metabolic bone clinic because of a 15 cm loss of height. She was noted to have thoracic kyphosis and vertebral X-ray confirmed a wedge fracture of the eighth thoracic vertebra. She was managed accordingly but on subsequent follow-up mentioned in passing that her gynaecologist had been unable to obtain a cervical smear for routine screening. This led to further questioning, and the patient reported intermittent urinary stress incontinence, feelings of vaginal fullness and severe dyspareunia. It became apparent that these symptoms had been ongoing for 4 years, but the patient had not brought them to the attention of a healthcare practitioner due to feelings of embarrassment and her religious beliefs. These complaints prompted radiological investigation, which revealed extensive bony pelvic deformity, thought to be an extreme manifestation of chronic kidney disease mineral and bone disorder.
- urinary and genital tract disorders
- calcium and bone
- metabolic disorders
- chronic renal failure
- renal transplantation
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