Original paper

Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis from Roman Hungary

Hlavenková, Lucia; Gábor, Olivér; Beňuš, Radoslav; Smrčka, Václav; Jambor, Jaroslav; Hajdu, Tamás

Anthropologischer Anzeiger Volume 70 No. 3 (2013), p. 261 - 271

published: Nov 1, 2013

DOI: 10.1127/0003-5548/2013/0309

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This paper deals with cases of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) found at the Late Roman Age necropolis in Pécs, Hungary (4th century AD). The skeletal remains of two male individuals, aged between 60?70 years and 45?55 years, displayed right-sided ossification of the anterior longitudinal ligament with extra-spinal manifestations typical in DISH cases. It is presumed that both male individuals were middle-class citizens. Their social status was supplemented with trace element analysis in order to reconstruct the dietary habits of the urban population. Concentrations of Sr and Zn indicated a predominantly vegetal diet. Potential DISH risk factors and associations were subsequently discussed and compared with our findings.


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