A case of atrophy of bones of the right lower limb of a skeleton from a medieval (12th-14th centuries) burial ground in Gruczno, Poland

T. Kozlowski, J. Piontek


We examine a rare case of bone atrophy of the right lower limb of a skeleton from an early mediaeval (from 12th to 14th century) burial ground in Gruczno, Poland. The skeleton belonged to a man who died at the age of 35-50 years. Morphological, radiological and histological tests indicate neurogenic origin of the atrophic changes. Based on numerous premises the authors infer that the atrophy was probably a result of acute poliomyelitis. For documentary purposes the work contains a morphological description, measurements data and values of bone indices.

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