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A Case of Brachymetatarsia From Medieval Sardinia (Italy)
Article first published online: 30 JAN 2014
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The Anatomical Record
Volume 297, Issue 4, pages 650–652, April 2014
How to Cite
Giuffra, V., Bianucci, R., Milanese, M., Tognotti, E., Montella, A., Caramella, D., Fornaciari, G. and Bandiera, P. (2014), A Case of Brachymetatarsia From Medieval Sardinia (Italy). Anat Rec, 297: 650–652. doi: 10.1002/ar.22883
- Issue published online: 18 MAR 2014
- Article first published online: 30 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 6 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Received: 19 AUG 2013
- RAS Legge regionale 7 agosto 2007, n. 7, bando 2010
- congenital diseases;
- shortened fourth metatarsal bone;
- Middle Ages
Archaeological excavations carried out in the Medieval village of Geridu (Sardinia) uncovered several burials dating to the late 13th or the first half of 14th century. Among these individuals, the skeleton of an adult female showing a bilateral abnormal shortness of the fourth metatarsal bone was identified. Bilaterality and absence of other skeletal anomalies allow to rule out an acquired aetiology of the disease and to support a diagnosis of congenital brachymetatarsia. Such a rare deformity has a clinical incidence of 0.02% to 0.05%, with strong predominance of the female gender. To our knowledge, no other cases of brachymetatarsia have been reported in paleopathology so far. Anat Rec, 297:650–652, 2014. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.