Paralysis and severe disability requiring intensive care in Neolithic Asia

Oxenham, Marc F., Tilley, Lorna, Matsumura, Hirofumi, Nguyen, Lan Cuong, Nguyen, Kim Thuy, Nguyen, Kim Dung, Domett, Kate, and Huffer, Damien (2009) Paralysis and severe disability requiring intensive care in Neolithic Asia. Anthropological Science, 117 (2). pp. 107-112.

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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 probably total, incapacitation for at least a decade prior to death. In the prehistoric context, this individual’s condition would have rendered him completely dependent on others for survival.

Item ID: 5317
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1348-8570
Keywords: quadriparesis, Klippel–Feil, juvenile-onset
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2009 01:54
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210103 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950502 Understanding Asias Past @ 100%
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