Scientists spot hernia in 300-year-old mummy (Science, US)

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He missed the age of computerized tomography (CT) scans, but a man who perished in the 17th century finally has a diagnosis. Scientists examining a mummy uncovered last year in a royal tomb in present-day South Korea discovered signs of Bochdalek-type congenital diaphragmatic hernia—the result of a birth defect that can cause organs to protrude into the chest cavity, LiveScience reports. The unusual placement of his organs in a CT scan was a tipoff for the researchers that something was amiss, and an autopsy confirmed the finding—the first premodern case of the disease to receive a CT-assisted diagnosis, the team reports this month in PLOS ONE.

Period11 Jul 2014

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  • TitleScientists spot hernia in 300-year-old mummy
    Media name/outletScience
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited States
    Date11/07/14
    DescriptionHe missed the age of computerized tomography (CT) scans, but a man who perished in the 17th century finally has a diagnosis. Scientists examining a mummy uncovered last year in a royal tomb in present-day South Korea discovered signs of Bochdalek-type congenital diaphragmatic hernia—the result of a birth defect that can cause organs to protrude into the chest cavity, LiveScience reports. The unusual placement of his organs in a CT scan was a tipoff for the researchers that something was amiss, and an autopsy confirmed the finding—the first premodern case of the disease to receive a CT-assisted diagnosis, the team reports this month in PLOS ONE.
    URLhttps://www.sciencemag.org/news/2014/07/scientists-spot-hernia-300-year-old-mummy
    PersonsDong Hoon Shin