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Int Orthop. 2001;25(3):142-6.

The anatomical distribution of radiological abnormalities in Kashin-Beck disease in Tibet.

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Hĵpital Erasme, Service d'Orthopédie Traumatologie, Brussels, Belgium.


A radiological study of osteoarticular changes in Kashin-Beck Disease (KBD) was undertaken on the appendicular skeleton in 105 patients with KBD, in 31 healthy subjects living in an endemic area and in 30 healthy subjects living in a non-endemic area. The bone age was delayed in all three populations with no significant difference between the three studied Tibetan populations. Radiological changes occur in 56% of patients with KBD, and are usually bilateral. An analysis of the distribution of lesions shows a proximo-distal gradient. The changes are more common in the distal aspect of the limb and the lower limb is involved more commonly than the upper limb. The foot and ankle are involved in 89.5% of cases. The radiological changes and their distribution might be explained by the hypothesis of inhibition of angiogenesis by mycotoxins, exacerbated by chemical and physical environmental factors.

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