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Bones Too Short (Overview)

Bones that are too short may be seen in growth conditions that restrict height, such as dwarfism.


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Heard the epiphyseal plate of the long bones of short children closes too early. What might be the cause?

Heard the epiphyseal plate of the long bones of short children closes too early. What might be the cause?

Not early - genes: We have a large number of growth plates throughout our body and the do follow a somewhat predictable schedule on their closure age. However, some children's will close a bit earlier than others and this is largely affected by genes and gender. ...Read more

Bones Too Short (Overview)

Bones that are too short may be seen in growth conditions that restrict height, such as dwarfism.


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I've been have sharp short pains in my breast under my nipple and on the side and above and around my chest bone hurts what could this mean?

I've been have sharp short pains in my breast under my nipple and on the side and above and around my chest bone hurts what could this mean?

Inflamation: Some one your age ( 18 ) with symptoms you have most likely infection in the montgomery glands , that are around the areola .Apply some warm compresses and see your doctor , for some times needs drain the pus , possible antibiotics and to make sure you have no other problems in the breast. ...Read more

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How do you treat short stature and how to prevent the closing of the bones - will this allow the boy (14 yrs) to continue growing?

How do you treat short stature and how to prevent the closing of the bones - will this allow the boy (14 yrs) to continue growing?

Variable: There are strict fda-approved indications for gh rx which include gh deficiency, certain syndromes, and severe small stature as determined by growth chart plots. Experimental treatment with Letrozole is available thru some pediatric endocrine centers, which can help to keep growth plates open, but se may be fertility issues and spine problems. It's not fda approved and may not be worth risks. ...Read more

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I stepped on a rusty nail 8 months ago but didn't feel it right away since i'm diabetic and do not have feelings at the bottom of my feet. In short, i've been treated for a bacterial infection that went into my bone system. Every 2 wks. The doctor cuts

I stepped on a rusty nail 8 months ago but didn't feel it right away since i'm diabetic and do not have feelings at the bottom of my feet.  In short, i've been treated for a bacterial infection that went into my bone system.  Every 2 wks. The doctor cuts

The : The treatment for a bone infection involves long-term antibiotics (months) and regular debridements (cutting away) to remove devitalized or dead tissue. This may involve skin, bone, and anything else between the two. Sometimes, outer skin starts closing up and healing while there is still infection and dead tissue underneath, which is probably the reason your doctor keeps cutting away at it. The fact that you're bleeding when he does this is good. One of the principles of debridement is to remove all devitalized tissue until good, healthy, bleeding tissue is found. But i can't stress enough the importance of you taking meticulous care of your diabetes while you're trying to heal from a bone infection. You can't leave everything up to your doctor. You need to take an active role in your recovery. Something you might want to ask your doctor about is the use of a total contact cast, which will redistribute pressure away from the area. As long as you walk on an ulcer, you will delay or even prevent complete healing. Part of having loss of sensation in your feet must involve daily inspection of your feet. The body has no compensatory mechanism for loss of pain. And because you don't feel pain, there is nothing to remind you to take a look and check out what's going on down there. I also want to add that the only way to diagnose a bone infection is to actually remove a piece of the bone and have it biopsied and cultured. This will also allow the proper antibiotic to be used for the bone infection. Wound cultures taken from diabetic foot wounds are notoriously inaccurate in seeing what's infecting the bone underneath. Good luck, and please watch your diabetes! ...Read more

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My son is 14yrs short stature (xray bone age 16) endrocrinologist suggested femara (letrozole) to stop bone plates from closing entirely. Is this treatment safe?

My son is 14yrs short stature (xray bone age 16) endrocrinologist suggested femara (letrozole) to stop bone plates from closing entirely. Is this treatment  safe?

Unknown : Aromatase inhibitors to keep growth plates open at bone age of 16 isn't worth potential risks considering growth plates nearly fused. Vertebral bone defects and questionable effects on fertility are only two of many questions not answered yet. No long term safety data exist. At this time aromatase inhibition to ? ht is considered experimental by the pediatric endocrine society. ...Read more

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Can bone spurs be broken away or cured?

Can bone spurs be broken away or cured?

Bone spurs need : To be removed only if they are directly responsible for symptoms. This typically requires surgical intervention. There is no way to "dissolve" them. Often you also have to address the reason the spurs developed in the first place. ...Read more

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Want to get rid of these bone spurs? Options?

Want to get rid of these bone spurs? Options?

Excision: Typically, the only way to remove a bone spur would be with surgery. ...Read more

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What common drugs increase risk of bone thinning ?

What common drugs increase risk of bone thinning ?

Read below: Aluminum-containing antacids, antiseizure medicines such as Dilantin or phenobarbital aromatase inhibitors such as arimidex, Aromasin and femara, cancer chemotherapeutic drugs cyclosporine a and fk506 (tacrolimus).Gonadotropin releasing hormone such as Lupron (leuprolide) and zoladex, heparin, lithium, Medroxyprogesterone acetate for contraception (depo-provera), methotrexate aluminum-containing antacids, antiseizur. ...Read more

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When I bench weights, my back bone plate kind of hurt, how can I avoid this?

When I bench weights, my back bone plate kind of hurt, how can I avoid this?

It depends: Its not clear what you mean by your "back bone plate". If your lower back hurts when you lift weights, you should have it checked out. It may be inadequate padding on your bench, but spondylolysis is a condtion seen in weight lifters. Its caused by a stress fracture of the posterior elements that stabilize the spinal column. If you have that you should avoid lifting until its resolved. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more