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An experimental animal model of Kashin-Beck disease.
  1. G Q Zhang,
  2. J X Liu
  1. Heilong Jian Institute of Kashin-Beck Disease, Harbin Medical College, China.


    Twelve young macaque monkeys were fed with grain and water from areas actively endemic or non-endemic for Kashin-Beck disease. Both dietary grain and water from geographical areas endemic for Kashin-Beck disease induced a sequence of pathological changes in the growth plates and articular cartilage and biochemical changes in the serum and urine of monkeys. These changes are similar to those in human Kashin-Beck disease. It is considered that this may be a simple and valuable model for the further study of this disease and its management and control. The results suggest that the pathogenetic factors of Kashin-Beck disease relate both to grain and to water in the diet in endemic areas. The experiment also shows that certain serum enzyme concentrations correlate with chondronecrosis.

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