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Paralysis and severe disability requiring intensive care in Neolithic Asia

Oxenham, Marc; Tilley, Lorna; Matsumura, H; Nguyen, Lan Cuong; Nguyen, Kim Thuy; Nguyen, Kim Dung; Domett, Kathryn M; Huffer, Damien


This communication documents one of the earliest verifiable cases of human paralysis associated with severe spinal pathology. A series of skeletal abnormalities is described for a young adult male (M9) from a Southeast Asian Neolithic community. Differential diagnosis suggests that M9 suffered from a severely disabling congenital fusion of the spine (Klippel-Feil Syndrome, Type III), resulting in child-onset lower body paralysis at a minimum (maximally quadriplegia). M9 experienced severe, most...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Anthropological Sciences
DOI: 10.1537/ase.081114


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