DPD - Urine
Deoxypyridinoline (Dpd) is a cross linked product of collagen molecules found in bone and removed in the urine during bone degradation. DPD urine levels are used to measure the bone re-absorption rates which is useful in determining the risk of developing osteoporosis or to monitor therapies in those diagnosed with osteoporosis.
What might a high result mean?
Significantly high levels of DPD are sometimes found in post menopausal women due to low oestrogen levels and in those with diseases that have high bone turnover rates.