A Possible Case of Scheuermann's Disease from Akarcay Hoyuk, Birecik (Sanliurfa, Turkey)

Ustundag H., Deveci A.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OSTEOARCHAEOLOGY, vol.21, no.2, pp.187-196, 2011 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/oa.1120
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.187-196
  • Keywords: Scheuermann's disease, juvenile kyphosis, spinal trauma, Schmorl's nodes, traumatic anterior disc herniation, horse riding, Akarcay Hoyuk, DOMINANT INHERITANCE, AGE ESTIMATION, PHASE-ANALYSIS, SKELETAL AGE, KYPHOSIS, INJURIES, RIB
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


During excavations in Akarcay Hoyuk, located in Birecik (Sanliurfa, Turkey), a human and a horse skeleton were found together as a co-burial. This burial was in an Islamic cemetery dated to 13th-14th century AD. The human skeleton was that of a young adult female with a distinct thoracic kyphosis. Three adjacent thoracic vertebral bodies, T4, T5 and T6, were wedge shaped and this wedging was also apparent in radiographs. There were Schmorl's nodes and anterior extensions on the same vertebral bodies. All these vertebral changes are typical signs of Scheuermann's disease (SD). Since she was buried with a horse, it is likely that she was a horse rider. Although she was young, the skeletal changes associated with horse riding like elongated acetabula and enthesopathies on the femora were evident. There was a compression fracture on T12, and irregularities on the upper and lower vertebral body rims due to traumatic anterior disc herniation. It is postulated that a trauma due to horse riding is responsible for the occurrence of SD in this case. Copyright (c) 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.