A 35-year-old member asked:

At what bone age do epiphyseal plates close for males?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
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.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Related questions

A 18-year-old male asked:
How can I know if my epiphyseal lines of the long bones are still open?
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 42-year-old member asked:
How can plastic surgery change your bones/structure?
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A 41-year-old member asked:
Is bone removal from your nose considered plastic surgery?
5 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
A 40-year-old member asked:
Can plastic surgery make hip bones smaller?
4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Last updated Apr 9, 2019
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$44 video appointments with $19/month membership*
*Billed $57 every 3 months. Cancel anytime.


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.