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At what bone age do epiphyseal plates close for males?

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Dr. G Jason Hunt
Orthopedic Surgery 18 years experience
16-17: Although there are exceptions to the rule. Boys usually reach skeletal maturity (all growth plates closed) at around 16-17 years of age.
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Dr. Michael Butcher
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Depends on which bon: Epiphyses close at different ages depending on a particular bone and which end of the bone you are referring to; e.g. Distal end of femur closes at a different time than distal end of radius.
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