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The identification of Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults from Post-Medieval Sites.

Beauty in the Bones

Image of pseudofractures occurring at the scapula spinous process. Image taken from Ives & Brickley (2014) p. 49. Image of pseudofractures occurring at the scapula spinous process. Image taken from Ives & Brickley (2014) p. 49.

I haven’t been around to do a post on a particular pathology for a while but as I was looking through the International Journal of Paleopathology I came across an article looking at osteomalacia. During my pathology course at Uni we touched on this and therefore thought it would be a good article to focus on.

Osteomalacia is a softening of the bones due to a vitamin D deficiency. This is commonly known as rickets children. It is often identified in juveniles by the characteristic bowing of the long bones. As vitamin D is used for enhancing the intake of calcium and phosphorus it is vital for solid and strong bone growth. A reduced level in these minerals delay and prevent the mineralization of newly formed organic bone matrix resulting in bowing and…

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