Legg–Calvé–Perthes Disease and unifocal eosinophilic granuloma in a visigoth from the Duratón necropolis (Segovia, Spain)

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  • J. Herrerín,

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    1. Departamento de Antropología Física, Facultad de Biología, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Facultad de Biología, C/ Darwin, 2. 28049 Madrid, Spain
    • Departamento de Antropología Física, Facultad de Biología, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Facultad de Biología, C/ Darwin, 2. 28049 Madrid, Spain.
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  • M. D. Garralda

    1. U .D. de Antropología Física, Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Abstract

Individual number 12, exhumed at the Duratón Visigoth necropolis (Segovia, Spain), was found in a supine position inside a simple fossa without adornments. He was a very robust adult (∼50/60 years) male presenting two pathologies, independently originated and both occurring in a particular anatomical area: the right hip. The first one has been diagnosed as Legg–CalvéPerthes Disease, and it affects the right femur and the coxal. The femoral head has a diameter that is much greater than usual, with a porous articular surface, no fovea capitis and a marked arthritic secondary growth which is inserted in the femoral neck; the coxal shows a pathological acetabulum larger than the left one, and having osseous borders. The second disease, considered a unifocal eosinophilic granuloma, is in the inner face of the right ilium, and practically occupies the whole iliac fossa. The development of the two pathologies and their probable repercussions on the individual's mobility, on the basis of the study of both the pathological and normal pieces recovered, are discussed. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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