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Skeletal evidence of brucellosis in a medicolegal context: A report of two cases

Anastopoulou, I and Zorba, E and Eliopoulos, C and Moraitis, K Skeletal evidence of brucellosis in a medicolegal context: A report of two cases. Romanian Journal of Legal Medicine, 25 (1). ISSN 1221-8618 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Brucellosis is a zoonosis caused by gram-negative bacteria of the genus Brucella. Osteoarticular complications are the most frequent symptoms of brucellosis occurring in up to 40% of the cases. Two brucellosis cases submitted to the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical School for forensic anthropological evaluation are reported. The value of the contribution of the brucellar lesions to the location of the most likely geographic origin of two missing individuals is presented. The presence of a pathologic condition, such as brucellosis, in skeletal remains can give significant information about the biological profile of an unidentified victim and greatly enhances the chances of obtaining a positive identification.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: legal medicine; forensic anthropology; positive identification; brucellosis
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Bucura Mond Prod Com SRL
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2017 11:03
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2017 11:03
DOI or Identification number: 10.4323/rjlm.2017.70
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6322

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