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King Tut: New Study Reveals Club Foot

Posted Feb 17 2010 10:09pm

Club Foot PictureA new genetic study of eleven Egyptian mummies suggests that King Tut had a clubbed left foot and no use of his right foot. DNA tests help determine this information and has lead researchers to believe King Tut suffered from collapsed bones in his right foot due to a lack of blood supply. A condition called avascular necrosis.

A clubfoot is a congenital deformity involving one or both feet and occurs in one of every 1,000 live births. The affected foot is rotated in at the ankle and appears to be turned on it’s side. There is no pain associated with a clubfoot initially, but if it’s not treated, significant deformity can lead to lack of function, disability and pain.

Avascular necrosis results from temporary or permanent blood loss to an area of bone. In the foot, the ankle bone (talus) is susceptible to avascular necrosis after traumatic injuries. There are some diseases which can cause avascular necrosis as well. When the blood supply is disrupted to the bone, the bone tissue dies and this results in the bone collapsing.

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