A probable case of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) from an early modern crypt in Eastern Germany

Indra, Lara I.; Alterauge, Amelie; Lösch, Sandra (2020). A probable case of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) from an early modern crypt in Eastern Germany. International journal of osteoarchaeology, 30(6), pp. 903-908. John Wiley & Sons 10.1002/oa.2913

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Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) is a non-inflammatory joint disease mainly characterised by the ossification of the right anterior longitudinal ligament and the presence of enthesopathies. Studies have shown that the disease typically affects malesof advanced age. This is a case report of a female individual, aged between 40-60 years, dating to 1472-1635 AD and found in Eastern Germany. A differential diagnosis was completedfollowing macroscopic examination and radiographicimaging of the affected bones. The resultsshowseveral pathological features that resemble skeletal characteristicsof DISH, besides other diseases. Therefore, we discuss DISH and provide a differential diagnosis of additional pathologies. Our case is particularly important becauseancient female DISH cases are underrepresented and the burial location indicatesa possible noble or monastic context, both linkedwith a lifestyle knownto be related to DISH.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Alterauge, Amelie Sophie and Lösch, Sandra

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
900 History > 940 History of Europe

ISSN:

1047-482X

Publisher:

John Wiley & Sons

Language:

English

Submitter:

Sandra Lösch

Date Deposited:

07 Aug 2020 09:23

Last Modified:

13 Dec 2020 02:48

Publisher DOI:

10.1002/oa.2913

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.145626

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/145626

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