saber shin

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the prominent anterior edge of the tibia and lower leg.
saber shin marked anterior convexity of the tibia, seen in congenital syphilis.

sa·ber shin

the sharp-edged, anteriorly convex tibia in congenital syphilis.
A descriptor for the thickened, anteriorly-bowed—with possible lateral bowing—tibial cortex, caused by chronic periostitis which spares the epiphysis, classically described in latent congenital syphilis; it may also occur in rickets, Paget disease of bone and advanced acquired syphilis
DiffDx Non-progressive, bilateral and symmetrical anterior bowing of the tibia and fibula may be seen in achondroplasia, type IX Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, enchondromatosis, fibrous dysplasia, excess fluoride ingestion in pregnancy, hyperparathyroidism, hyperphosphatasia, neurofibromatosis, osteogenesis imperfecta, osteomalacia, osteomyelitis, rickets, thanatophoric dwarfism, Weismann-Netter syndrome

saber shin

 A descriptor for the thickened, anteriorly-bowed–with possible lateral bowing tibial cortex, caused by chronic periostitis which spares the epiphysis, first described in latent congenital syphilis, which may also be seen in advanced acquired syphilis.

sa·ber tib·i·a

, saber shin (sā'bĕr tib'ē-ă, shin)
Deformity of the tibia occurring in tertiary syphilis or yaws, the bone having a marked forward convexity as a result of the formation of gummas and periostitis.