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      Well Water Characteristics and the Balkan Nephropathy

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          A total of 366 inhabitants of a village affected by Balkan nephropathy (BN) have been followed over 12 years. It was shown that depth of the well to the water level, height of the water column, electroconductivity, and NO<sub>3 </sub>content of he water were not associated with BN. The risk of developing the disease was significantly higher if a well was at a lower altitude and contained a higher concentration of SiO<sub>2</sub>. Low altitude might have been expected to correlate with the BN frequency; as for silica, however, there are sound indications that it could just be a correlate of a cause rather than a direct determinant of BN.

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          Journal
          NEF
          Nephron
          10.1159/issn.1660-8151
          Nephron
          S. Karger AG
          1660-8151
          2235-3186
          1991
          1991
          11 December 2008
          : 57
          : 1
          : 52-54
          Affiliations
          Institutes of aEpidemiology and bSocial Medicine and Statistics, Faculty of Medicine, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
          Article
          186215 Nephron 1991;57:52–54
          10.1159/000186215
          1646406
          © 1991 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 3
          Categories
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          Cardiovascular Medicine, Nephrology

          SiO2 , Altitude, Electroconductivity, Well water, Balkan nephropathy, NO3

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