Saber shin

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Saber shin
Saber shin in congenital syphilis

Saber shin is a malformation of the tibia. It presents as a sharp anterior bowing, or convexity, of the tibia.[1]


Periosteal reaction along the shaft of the tibia. It can result from congenital syphilis,[2] yaws, Paget's disease of bone, vitamin D deficiency[3] or Weismann-Netter–Stuhl syndrome. It can be due to osteomalacia.[citation needed]


The bone looks like a boomerang from an early age.[citation needed]


Saber refers to the tibia's resemblance to the curve of a saber sword.[citation needed]

See also


  1. Tarantino, Corinne. "Saber Shins". Elsevier. Archived from the original on 3 March 2023. Retrieved 10 May 2023.
  2. Pineda; Mansilla-Lory, J.; Martínez-Lavín, M.; Leboreiro, I.; Izaguirre, A.; Pijoan, C. (2009). "Rheumatic diseases in the ancient americas: the skeletal manifestations of treponematoses". Journal of Clinical Rheumatology. 15 (6): 280–283. doi:10.1097/RHU.0b013e3181b0c848. PMID 19734732. S2CID 25083023.
  3. Khandare; Harikumar, R.; Sivakumar, B. (2005). "Severe bone deformities in young children from vitamin D deficiency and fluorosis in Bihar-India". Calcified Tissue International. 76 (6): 412–418. doi:10.1007/s00223-005-0233-2. PMID 15895280. S2CID 21536934.


  • Mosby's Medical, Nursing, & Allied Health Dictionary. Edition 5, 1998 p7B49.