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Lesions characteristic of infection or malignant tumor in Paleo-Eskimo skulls

Published inVirchows Archiv, vol. 395, no. 3, p. 237-243
Publication date1982
Abstract

Study of two Paleo-Eskimo skulls found in a necropolis on St-Lawrence Island (Alaska), including radiography and histological examination, revealed the following features. One of the skulls showed a perforation with remodelled borders, considered to be due to trauma and secondary infection. The other showed areas of osteolysis characteristic of a malignant tumor (probably carcinomatous metastasis rather than myeloma). These cases illustrate the advantage of using various methods of investigating bone pathology, particularly microradiography, in skeleton paleopathology.

Keywords
  • Paleopathology
  • Eskimos
  • Frontal bone
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Bone carcinomatous metastases
  • Myeloma
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LAGIER, René et al. Lesions characteristic of infection or malignant tumor in Paleo-Eskimo skulls. In: Virchows Archiv, 1982, vol. 395, n° 3, p. 237–243. doi: 10.1007/BF00429350
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