It's the first day of classes here at UWF, which means a fresh crop of undergraduates in my Human Osteology class. And with perfect timing, here's the case of the 38-year-old ectopic pregnancy that has been making the rounds on the various social media I frequent. It's a pretty interesting case, and the MRI seems to show a fetal skeleton (inasmuch as I have no professional training in reading an MRI). The Daily Mail carried a photo, though, of the doctors' attempt at rearticulating the skeleton. And these doctors most definitely need an osteologist:
It's an insanely blurry shot, but can you pick out the things that are either wholly wrong or really rather wonky? Spoiler alert:
- The most glaringly obvious ones (to me, anyway, but I spent a bunch of time this summer looking at neonate bones) are the sphenoid (or, rather, the presphenoid, which includes the distinctive lesser wings and sella turcica) and occipital (pars lateralis and pars basilaris) in the pelvis.
- I'm pretty sure those femora are upside down and mis-sided.
- They seem to have swapped the right tibia and left humerus, inexplicably.
- The clavicles appear to be mis-sided.
- And I'm not sure what those things are at the wrist, but they're almost certainly not carpals (since carpals are much smaller than that at the fetal stage).
Speaking of fetal stage... there's no scale to this, but it looks pretty damn close to a neonate to me. It makes me wonder if this is actually a picture of the supposedly ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic simply means outside of the uterus, though, so it's possible the fetus grew nearly to term without killing the mother (and there have been other cases like this, although not quite as long-standing).
At any rate, some doctors at NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences in India definitely need an osteologist.
Previous installments of Who needs an osteologist?
- Huffington Post and the Mars Rover need an osteologist.
- PBS and Richard III need an osteologist.
- Abbot House Museum needs an osteologist.
- The Zanjan Museum needs an osteologist.
- National Geographic Channel's "Nazi War Diggers" needs an osteologist.
- BBC/NOVA needs an osteologist.
- The Penn Museum needs an osteologist.
- National Geographic needs an osteologist.
- Acura needs an osteologist.
- The "African" woman in Fairford, England, needs an osteologist.
- Museo delle Grotte needs an osteologist.
- Either NPR or Yale needs an osteologist.
- Yorkshire Museum needs an osteologist.
- Staffordshire University needs an osteologist.
- And, of course, Bones needs an osteologist.