Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 5; Issue 2.3 (June 2017)

Page No.: 3930-3933

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijar.2017.222


P Devadas *1, Saurabh A Bansode 2, B H Shiny Vinila 3.

*1 Associate professor, Department of Anatomy, Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, Narketpally, Nalgonda, Telangana, India.

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, Narketpally, Nalgonda, Telangana, India.

3 Senior Lecturer, Department of Anatomy, Panineeya Mahavidyalaya Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Center, Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

Corresponding Author: Dr P Devadas, Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, Narketpally, Nalgonda, Telangana-508254, India. Contact number: 8500735462; 9515020692 E-Mail: drdevdas@gmail.com


Background: Unfortunately, in the forensic context there are cases involving fetal and neonatal skeletal remains. Accurate sex estimation of these remains can be very important to medicolegal authorities. The present study was aimed to determine the sex of the fetal pelvis by the morphometric analysis of greater sciatic notch.

Materials and Methods: The study was carried out on 100 fetal hip bones extracted from 50 fetuses (25 female; 25 male). Morphometric analysis was carried out on the greater sciatic notch. The width and depth of the greater sciatic notch were recorded and the Index was calculated.

Results: Statistically significant difference was found between the female and male greater sciatic notches in relation to width, depth and index. Female greater sciatic notches were wider than the male and the male notches were deeper than the female. The greater sciatic notch index shows sexual dimorphism with 100% accuracy.

Conclusion: Accurate sex estimation of fetal remains can be very important to medicolegal authorities in forensic analysis. With the results of the present study the greater sciatic notch width, depth and the index can be taken as a best parameter in sex determination of fetal skeletal remains.

Key words: Greater sciatic notch, sex determination, Pelvis, Fetus, Sexual Dimorphism.


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Cite this article: P Devadas, Saurabh A Bansode, B H Shiny Vinila. GREATER SCIATIC NOTCH AS AN INDICATOR OF SEX IN HUMAN DEAD FETUSES OF SOUTH INDIAN ORIGIN. Int J Anat Res 2017;5(2.3):3930-3933. DOI: 10.16965/ijar.2017.222