Effects of chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine in adult patients with Kaschin–Beck disease

Key Lab on Etiological Epidemiology, Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China.
Clinical Rheumatology (Impact Factor: 1.77). 04/2010; 29(4):357-62. DOI: 10.1007/s10067-009-1311-z
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The purpose is to investigate the effects of chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine on adult patients with Kaschin-Beck disease (KBD). A total of 80 patients, aged over 40 years, were randomized into two groups receiving either 1,600 mg oral mixture of chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine or placebo twice daily for 8 months. Posteroanterior radiographs of bilateral knee in full extension were taken at enrollment and after 8 months. Mean joint-space width of the assigned six points on the tibiofemoral joint compartment was measured by a graduated magnifying lens. The mean joint space decreased significantly in the placebo group (4.3 +/- 1.09 versus 4.1 +/- 1.07 mm, P < 0.0001) after 8 months and was unchanged in the experimental group (P = 0.51). There was no statistical significance in the mean joint space between two groups at baseline and follow-up (P = 0.65 and P = 0.84, respectively). But the overall mean change in joint space was significant between the two groups (P < 0.0001). Knee joint space of the experimental group narrowed slowly compared to the control group. Therefore, chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine might play a protective role in preserving articular cartilage and provide evidence for therapeutic drugs in adult patients with KBD.

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    • "However, based on the selenium deficiency and mycotoxin contamination hypotheses, a series of measures have been performed in KBD endemic areas including provision of the susceptible population (especially children) with dietary grain imported from non-KBD areas and selenium supplements [74], which have greatly decreased the prevalence of KBD [75, 76]. Due to the similar pathological changes between OA and adult KBD patients, several treatments used for OA patients including GAG supplement [77, 78], hyaluronic acid injection into joint space [79] have been tested on KBD patients and these have shown some benefits. Considering the high levels of TNF and IL-1 in synovial fluid from KBD patients and the pivotal role these cytokines play in PG degradation, another potential therapeutic target for KBD are the anti-inflammatory cytokines. "
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    ABSTRACT: Kashin-Beck Disease (KBD) is an endemic, chronic and degenerative osteoarthropathy principally occurring in children. The characteristic pathological change of KBD is chondrocyte necrosis in hyaline articular cartilage. Proteoglycans are one of the major components in the extracellular matrix of articular cartilage, and disrupted proteoglycan metabolism and loss of proteoglycans in articular cartilage from KBD patients has been observed. In this mini-review, we discuss the close relationship between chondrocyte death including necrosis and loss of proteoglycan, and its potential mechanism during KBD onset and development, which may provide new clues for KBD research.
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    J Yue · M Yang · S Yi · B Dong · W Li · Z Yang · J Lu · R Zhang · J Yong
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of chondroitin sulfate and/or glucosamine hydrochloride in alleviating symptoms and improving the dysfunction of Kashin-Beck disease (KBD) patients. We undertook a cluster-randomized, placebo-controlled trial in 251 patients with KBD. Participants were randomly allocated to comparing (1) chondroitin sulfate, (2) glucosamine hydrochloride, (3) a combination of chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride, or (4) placebo, for 6 months duration. The primary outcome measures of interest were 20% and 50% reductions in pain from baseline, measured by pain subscale in the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis (WOMAC) Index. Secondary outcome measures included parameters in the WOMAC Index such as pain, stiffness, and physical function, as well as patients' quality of life by the 12-item Short-Form General Health Survey. The trial registration number is ChiCTR-TRC-11001480 ( A combination therapy of chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride was effective in reducing WOMAC pain by 20% (differences of 23.4%, P=0.006) and 50% (differences of 15.7%, P=0.016), WOMAC pain (P=0.032), WOMAC stiffness (P=0.043), and WOMAC total score (P=0.035). Chondroitin sulfate used alone was also found to be effective in reducing WOMAC total score and stiffness score (P=0.038 and P=0.023, respectively). No significant positive effects in improving WOMAC Index scores were observed with glucosamine hydrochloride alone. The findings of this study indicate that a combination of chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride was more effective than placebo in treating KBD.
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