Size of the sella turcica and its relation to iron deficiency anemia: A prehistoric example



This paper examines the usefulness of volume and area assessments of the sella turcica from radiographs in order to aid in the differential diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia in past populations. Lateral and posterior-anterior radiographs were taken of each cranium in the sample. The length, depth, and width of the sella turcica were then measured directly from the appropriate view, and subsequently the volume and area were calculated for each. The 20–25 year-old cohort was found to yield the most promising results; however, a statistical difference was not found to exist using the volume or area. The width dimension was found to be of far more use than any other in this study. In no instance was any feature of typical porotic hyperostosis, visually or radiographically, found to be statistically correlated with any difference in the dimensions of the sella turcica. A discussion of how the various dimensions of the sella turcica react to changes in size of the hypophysis cerebri is presented.