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A Possible case of Facio-Auriculo-Vertebral sequence (FAVs) in an adult female from medieval Iceland (13th–16th Century)

A Possible case of Facio-Auriculo-Vertebral sequence (FAVs) in an adult female from medieval Iceland (13th–16th Century)

By Sarah Hoffman, Laurie Sadler, Trevor Totman and Lea Bagne

International Journal of Paleopathology, Volume 24 (2019)

Abstract
Objective: This paper presents a possible case of Facio-Auriculo-Vertebral sequence (FAVs) in an adult female from Haffjarðarey, Western Iceland (1200–1563 CE) and a brief review of associated terminology.

Materials: The skeletal remains of a single adult female (HFE-A-34, 18–24 years old), excavated in 1945 by the National Museum of Iceland.

Methods: We carried out macroscopic examination of the cranium and mandible in 2017.

Results: Right side unilateral asymmetric craniofacial dysplasia was identified on the cranium and mandible of HFE-A-34.

Conclusions: This individual presents with anomalous craniofacial asymmetry consistent with a clinical diagnosis of FAVs.

Significance: This paper offers a visually distinct case of an under-represented and under-documented congenital condition for future identification within paleopathology.

Click here to read this article from Science Direct

See also: This Woman From Medieval Iceland Lived With A Disfiguring Facial Anomaly

Top Image: Map of Iceland by Max Naylor



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