Lumbosacral transitional vertebra: Clinical and forensic implications

T. Kanchan, M. Shetty, K. R. Nagesh, R. G. Menezes

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Abstract

The identification of skeletal remains is one of the classic problems faced by forensic experts.Congenital and acquired malformations can prove to be an important tool for identification, provided antemortem records are available. A lumbosacral transitional vertebra is one such rare congenital anomaly that has clinical and medicolegal implications. We report a case of unilateral lumbosacral transitional vertebra, detected during medicolegal examination of skeletal remains that were recovered from a forested area in coastal Karnataka, India. The congenital anomaly of the transitional vertebra helped in the forensic identification of the deceased.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSingapore Medical Journal
Volume50
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-02-2009
Externally publishedYes

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  • Medicine(all)

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    Kanchan, T., Shetty, M., Nagesh, K. R., & Menezes, R. G. (2009). Lumbosacral transitional vertebra: Clinical and forensic implications. Singapore Medical Journal, 50(2).