Crystal of calcium phosphate in knee joint

Crystal of calcium phosphate in knee joint

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Caption: Scanning electron micrograph of a section of cartilage from a patient with chondrocalcinosis, showing a crystal of calcium phosphate lodged in the tissue. Chondrocalcinosis is characterised by the presence of calcium phosphate crystals in joint cartilage, which cause inflammation, swelling, reduced articulation & may lead to the destruction of the joint. The disease is also known as pseudogout for its resemblance to gout. The crystals associated with gout, however, are formed from sodium urate due to a malfunctioning of the uric acid metabolism. Magnification X1,600 (at 13x13cm size).

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Keywords: calcium phosphate, cartilage disease, chondrocalcinosis, condition, crystal, crystals, disease, disorder, healthcare, medical, medicine, pseudogout, scanning electron micrograph, sem

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