The shape of the distal femur: A palaeopathological comparison of eburnated and non-eburnated femora

Lee Shepstone*, Juliet M Rogers, John Kirwan, Bernard Silverman

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    Abstract

    Objectives - To determine the difference in shape of the distal femur, viewed axially in two dimensions, between eburnated and non-eburnated femora. Methods - A comparison of 52 non-eburnated and 16 eburnated femora drawn from a large archeological skeletal population. Eburnation was taken to indicate late stage osteoarthritis. Shape variability, based on landmarks, was quantified using a principal components analysis after a Procrustes alignment. Results - A statistically significant difference was found between the two groups. This was with respect to the patellar groove and the shape of the medial condyle. The latter difference is consistent with bone remodelling as a knee stabilising mechanism. Conclusions - Anatomical shape can be quantified using an uncomplicated statistical technique. It was used to quantify the shape of the distal femur and demonstrate shape differences associated with osteoarthritis of the knee.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)72-78
    Number of pages7
    JournalAnnals of the Rheumatic Diseases
    Volume58
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999

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