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Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 574–578 | Cite as

Erosive effects of a posterior mediastinal mass in a 18th to early 19th c. Spanish child mummy

  • Robert D. LoynesEmail author
  • Philippe Charlier
  • Antonio Perciaccante
  • Mercedes Gonzalez
  • Anna Begerock
  • Rafaella Bianucci
Lessons from the Museum

Abstract

During the 2011 restoration works in the central nave of the church of the Assumption of Our Lady, known as “The Piquete”, in the village of Quinto (about 50 kms southwest of Zaragoza, Spain), the remains of 70 individuals were uncovered. Of these there were 32 mummified bodies, four of which have been investigated with CT scans. Here we report on the findings in one such individual, namely a child of between 7 and 8 years of age, whose sex is debatable but may well be female. The main pathological finding is the presence of pressure erosion and distortion of the upper thoracic spine, the cause of which is discussed with the conclusion that this may well represent a neurenteric duplication cyst. The possible consequences of such a lesion are considered.

Keywords

Natural mummies Mummy Museum of Quinto Paleopathology Neurenteric cysts 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.KNH Centre for Biomedical EgyptologyUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK
  2. 2.Section of Medical and Forensic Anthropology (UVSQ DANTE Laboratory EA 4498)Montigny-Le-BretonneuxFrance
  3. 3.CASH & IPESNanterreFrance
  4. 4.Department of MedicineSan Giovanni di Dio HospitalGoriziaItaly
  5. 5.Institute for the Scientific Study of Mummies (IECIM)MadridSpain
  6. 6.Legal Medicine Section, Department of Public Health and Paediatric SciencesUniversity of TurinTurinItaly
  7. 7.Warwick Medical School, Microbiology and Infection UnitThe University of WarwickWarwickUK
  8. 8.UMR 7268, Laboratoire d’Anthropologiebio-culturelle, Droit, Etique&Santé (Adés), Faculté de Médecine de MarseilleMarseilleFrance

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