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Klippel-Feil syndrome: Examples from two skeletal collections of Alaskan natives

Legge, Scott S. (2007) Klippel-Feil syndrome: Examples from two skeletal collections of Alaskan natives. In: Brown, Kate and Roberts, Alice M., eds. BABAO 2004: proceedings of the 6th Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. British Archaeological Reports International . British Archaeological Reports Publishing, Oxford, UK, pp. 59-64. ISBN 978-1-4073-0035-1. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:2920)

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Abstract

Vertebral fusion was observed as part of a larger study of spinal pathologies in skeletal collections of Alaskan Natives from Golovin Bay and Nunivak Island, USA. Block vertebrae that were clearly congenital were differentiated from vertebral fusion resulting from osteophyte development or other pathological conditions. Congenital fusion (segmentation failure) was present in the cervical vertebrae of two individuals from each collection. The pathologies observed most likely represent cases of Klippel-Feil syndrome. Three cases exhibit segmentation failure of the second and third cervical vertebrae, while the third and fourth cervical vertebrae are connected in the fourth individual. The frequencies of segmentation failure between the second and third cervical vertebrae are 1.9% for Golovin Bay and 4.7% for Nunivak Island. These are some of the first cases of this condition observed in Alaskan Natives and will hopefully add to our understanding of the occurrence of this rare congenital malformation among past populations in Alaska.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biological Anthropology
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2008 08:20 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2019 09:35 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/2920 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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