Microradiographs of leprosy from an osteoarchaeological context



Microradiographs of early French medieval skeletal material diagnosed with leprosy show specific microscopic alterations, including isolated destruction, isolated bone formation and a combination of both processes, generally referred to as concentric remodelling. New bone deposition on the tibial diaphysis appears to follow the same processes. These observations parallel Coutelier's descriptions of bone remodelling observed in cases of amputated bones from leprous patients.