Title
Loeys-Dietz syndrome : a possible solution for Akhenaten's and his family's mystery syndrome Loeys-Dietz syndrome : a possible solution for Akhenaten's and his family's mystery syndrome
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Cape Town ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
SAMJ: South African medical journal / Medical Association of South Africa. - Cape Town
Volume/pages
102(2012) :8 , p. 661-664
ISSN
0256-9574
ISI
000307991100015
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The presence of a familial disease among royal members of 18th dynasty of the new kingdom who ruled in Egypt from the mid-16th to the early 11th centuries BC has been established, largely prompted by the bizarre body shape of Akhenaten (the iconoclastic pharaoh of this dynasty) and his family, as demonstrated in statues and artwork. It had been thought previously that this was an expression of a revolutionised artistic style that followed radical reforms by Akhenaten of Egyptian society, but recent studies on mummies confirmed the presence of a constellation of corresponding pathologies. Several illnesses have been suggested to solve this enigma; we propose Loeys-Dietz syndrome as a probable diagnosis for this genetic affliction within the royal family.
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