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Dental developmental defects in a subadult from 16th-19th centuries Bucharest, Romania

Dental developmental defects in a subadult from 16th-19th centuries Bucharest, Romania
Dental developmental defects in a subadult from 16th-19th centuries Bucharest, Romania
This study examines the dental developmental defects seen in an individual recovered from the Saint Sava cemetery from Bucharest, Romania, dated to the late medieval/early modern period. The remains display extended hypoplastic alterations of the permanent dentition, including linear, pitted, and planar defects. The first permanent molars are distinctive, with multiple indentations and mottling. Given the unusual pattern of defects and the close resemblance to a series of archaeological cases recently published and assigned to congenital syphilis, a differential diagnosis is discussed, with particular reference to the effects induced not only by treponemal infection, but also by treatment with mercury and nutritional deficiency.
Enamel hypoplasia, Mercurial teeth, Scurvy, Congenital syphilis, Romania, Late medieval
1879-9817
33-38
Radu, Claudia
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Soficaru, Andrei D.
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Radu, Claudia
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Soficaru, Andrei D.
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Radu, Claudia and Soficaru, Andrei D. (2016) Dental developmental defects in a subadult from 16th-19th centuries Bucharest, Romania. International Journal of Paleopathology, 15, 33-38. (doi:10.1016/j.ijpp.2016.08.001).

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Abstract

This study examines the dental developmental defects seen in an individual recovered from the Saint Sava cemetery from Bucharest, Romania, dated to the late medieval/early modern period. The remains display extended hypoplastic alterations of the permanent dentition, including linear, pitted, and planar defects. The first permanent molars are distinctive, with multiple indentations and mottling. Given the unusual pattern of defects and the close resemblance to a series of archaeological cases recently published and assigned to congenital syphilis, a differential diagnosis is discussed, with particular reference to the effects induced not only by treponemal infection, but also by treatment with mercury and nutritional deficiency.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2 August 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 10 August 2016
Published date: December 2016
Keywords: Enamel hypoplasia, Mercurial teeth, Scurvy, Congenital syphilis, Romania, Late medieval

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Local EPrints ID: 435528
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/435528
ISSN: 1879-9817
PURE UUID: e2c80f3d-49de-4ee2-8774-2d41500695e1
ORCID for Andrei D. Soficaru: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8658-6695

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Date deposited: 08 Nov 2019 17:30
Last modified: 03 Dec 2019 01:22

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