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Doctor insights on: Epiphyseal Growth

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How can I injure the epiphyseal plate (growth plate)?

How can I injure the epiphyseal plate (growth plate)?

See below: The growth plate is present in children and usually closed by age 14. Injury occurs from direct trauma and there are many stages of growth plate injury. ...Read more

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Is there anything that could cause epiphyseal plates to never seal? Same height in adulthood for 12-plus yrs. Could plates reopen or never have closed

Is there anything that could cause epiphyseal plates to never seal? Same height in adulthood for 12-plus yrs. Could plates reopen or never have closed

No, closure stopped: growth of long bones at the time you stopped growing in height. Epiphyseal plates are layers of cartilage near the ends of long bones which can lengthen bones. Closure means these regions have been transformed by osteoblasts into bone & all chondrocytes are gone. Once cartilage transitions to bone, invasion of chondrocytes and regression back to cartilage has never been discovered to occur. ...Read more

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What is the epiphyseal plate function?

What is the epiphyseal plate function?

Growth plate.: Epiphyseal plates are the growth plates and are found at the end of long bones. They are the site of new bone growth. In adults the plates stop producing new bone and fuse to the bone leaving an epiphyseal line. ...Read more

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Know it's rare for epiphyseal plates to not close or close many yrs past puberty. What are conditions that could cause that to happen in those cases?

 Know it's rare for epiphyseal plates to not close or close many yrs past puberty. What are conditions that could cause that to happen in those cases?

These vary: Not sure if you are asking how to/seeking delayed closure or just need to know what conditions may cause this? A clarification may be helpful. See the links in the meantime. http://www.naturalheightgrowth.com/2012/09/20/theories-on-delaying-puberty-to-extend-the-growth-period/ ...Read more

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What age will epiphyseal plate close?

What age will epiphyseal plate close?

Depends on the plate: Most females stop growing around 14 and males around 16. (there are exceptions.) the epiphyseal plates close around this time. Although some plates in the clavicle don't close until people are in their early 20s. ...Read more

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When is the closure of the epiphyseal plate?

When is the closure of the epiphyseal plate?

Varies: Every epiphyseal or "growth" plate closes at a different age, and also varies between boys and girls with girls maturing on average a few years earlier and thus their growth plates closing earlier as well. ...Read more