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What could happen when the epiphyseal plate is replaced by bone?

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Dr. Abdul Ahmed
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Completion of growth: Once the growth plate is fused the bone growth is completed. There is no change in height after that. Different epiphyseal plates fuse at different times.
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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Growth arrest: Growth stops. If one side of the bone stops growing then can lead to angular deformity as the other side continues to grow. If the entire growth plate closes symmetrically then growth will simply stop at that location.
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