A case of bipartite patella in a paleochristian necropolis in Marsala (Italy)

A. Messina, L. Sineo


This report describes one case of bipartite patella in an adult male recovered from a Paleochristian lay cemetery (III-IV centuries a.C. in Marsala, Sicily, Italy). Bipartite patella is a pathological condition rarely described in archaeological contexts, although it is a very well known lesion in orthopaedic and radiographic studies. The disease seems to be more common in males, and there is no clear relationship with developmental and morpho-functional issues. This case report adds new data to the sparse literature on this pathological trait.

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