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Rom J Leg Med25(1)70-74(2017)
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Skeletal evidence of brucellosis in a medicolegal context: A report of two cases

I. Anastopoulou, E. Zorba, C. Eliopoulos, K. Moraitis,

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.
Keywords: legal medicine, forensic anthropology, positive identification, brucellosis.

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