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Growth Plate Closure
What is the order of growth plates closure in boys? By x-raying, why do pediatricians usually just X-ray the wrist, to determine predicted adult hight?
Studies have shown that letrozole delay growth plates closure in boys. Can girls get the same results?
Not a large number: of studies using this Aromatase Inhibitor alone to delay puberty are avalable. Ultimate fusion of the growth plates is estrogen-dependent in boys & girls, so it may help slow down epiphysial maturation & allow greater height potential in any teen with short stature, but significant side effects can occur. Contact Dr.Mitchell E. Geffner at the Saban Research Institute, CHLA, LA, CA, for more info ...Read more
Can a child with normal levels of hormones use letrozole to delay growth plates closure and sermorelin to increase height?
Not indicated: In case of normal growth parameters in a child ( like normal growth hormone and igf1 levels and normal bone age) there is not much significance of sermorelin or human growth hormone therapy. Letrozole is not indicated and is still in its primary experimental stages for use for this indication. All one needs in this scenario are regular growth velocity checks at your doctor's office. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, it is certainly possible to injure a growth plate. Many fractures (broken bones) in kids occur near or across growth plates. However, unless you had an injury, there shouldn't be any usual reason your growth plates would be injured. ...Read more
It depends: Growth plates injuries vary and are generally classified as types 1 to 5 on the salter-harris system. The severity and displacement of the injury would dictate the treatment. A broken growth plate will heal - trying to get it to heal without any deformity or growth retardation down the road is the concern. Any growth plate injury should be seen by your md and followed over several years. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See it on X-ray : Growth plates are on the end of growing long bones in the immature skeletons. Fractures or other injuries at the bone ends during childhood frequently involve the growth plates as the cartilage plate there is weaker than the bone. Proper treatment results in few lasting deformities. ...Read more
@ Ur age they R...: ....Closed . If injured as a child, u may have a shorter or angulated bone, ; the severity depends on how much u grew after the injury. ...Read more
Only if broken young: Damaged growth plates are harmful because they can prevent normal bone growth in childhood and adolescence. As an adult, growth plates are inactive (fused or closed) so this is only a true problem for children still growing. Adults can suffer from differences in limb length for a lifetime if one limb had a significant growth plate injury while still growing as a child. See an orthopedic surgeon... ...Read more
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