Hyperostosis Frontalis Interna: Forensic Issues

    Volume 50, Issue 1 (January 2005)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 January 2005

    Page Count: 4


    Sanvoisin, A
    Service de Médecine Légale, Faculté de Médecine de Marseille, 27 Boulevard Jean Moulin, 13385 Marseille Cedex 05,

    Leonetti, G

    Piercecchi-Marti, M-D

    Dutour, O
    UMR 6578-CNRS/Université de la Méditerranée, Faculté de Médecine de Marseille,

    Adalian, P
    UMR 6578-CNRS/Université de la Méditerranée, Faculté de Médecine de Marseille,

    Devriendt, W
    UMR 6578-CNRS/Université de la Méditerranée, Faculté de Médecine de Marseille,

    (Received 24 April 2004; accepted 31 July 2004)

    Abstract

    The use of pathological conditions in age and sex determination, important factors in personal identification, is not widespread in anthropology and legal medicine. Hyperostosis frontalis interna (HFI) is a bone condition that mainly affects the inner table of the frontal bone. Although there are numerous publications on the subject, at the present time its etiology remains obscure. Several associations of symptoms, whose incidence varies according to the population studied, have been described. Age and gender appear to be linked with the preponderance of this condition, as does the presence of behavioral disturbances. The aim of our study, based on a series of 1532 autopsies, was to define the incidence and the associations observed with other pathological conditions. Thirteen cases of HFI were identified (0.8% of autopsies), 12 women and one man whose mean age was 59.15 years (range: 42–79 years). All had behavioral disturbances and most were under psychiatric care. This study emphasizes the value of this condition in medico-legal identification.


    Paper ID: JFS2004173

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS2004173

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