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Shin Splints in 500 to 800 year old skeleton

Medial tibial stress syndrome: A skeleton from medieval Rhodes demonstrates the appearance of the bone surface – a case report
Posted online on July 18, 2014. (doi:10.3109/17453674.2014.942587

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1Museum of Anthropology
2Laboratory of Histology and Embryology
3Laboratory for Research of the Musculoskeletal System, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,

School of Medicine, Athens, Greece

We present a case of bilateral medial tibia stress syndrome (MTSS) in a 500- to 800-year-old male skeleton with an estimated age at death of between 20 and 30 years. The skeleton came from a Byzantine graveyard in Rhodes, Greece, which was in use between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries AD.

The tibiae exhibit symmetrically developed surface lesions along the posterior-medial aspects involving the middle and distal thirds of diaphyses, in accordance with the pattern of symptom distribution in MTSS. The lesions comprise longitudinal striation and associated pitting, mainly affecting the mid-diaphyses and posterior-medial borders and in finely porous, diffuse tissue predominantly over the distal diaphyses

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