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Short Long Bones (Overview)

Short long bones is a trait in which a person has shorter long bones (arms & legs) than normal, compared to the average person from the same ethnic/racial group. Short long bones can be due to a hereditary/genetic problem 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.

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Short Long Bones (Overview)

Short long bones is a trait in which a person has shorter long bones (arms & legs) than normal, compared to the average person from the same ethnic/racial group. Short long bones can be due to a hereditary/genetic problem such as dwarfism.


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I am 23 years old, female. And since i was 18 I have had these long deep lines under eyes, above cheek bone. How can I get rid of them completely?

I am 23 years old, female. And since i was 18 I have had these long deep lines under eyes, above cheek bone. How can I get rid of them completely?

Eye lids: without a photograph it is difficult to assess your problem. It is possible that this is something that can be treated with fillers. Have your eyes evaluates by a board certified surgeon who treats eyelids.

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Living a Long Life (Checklist)

Check the CDC website to see what is recommended.
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Asthmatics, diabetics, dialysis patients should have flu shots!
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The only thing you need to get Shingles is a history of chickenpox.
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Update TDaP every 10 yrs.
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29 weeks pregnant with leukocyte esterase:large, fetal pericardial effusion and short long bones. Can all these be related? Be markers of a syndrome?

29 weeks pregnant with leukocyte esterase:large, fetal pericardial effusion and short long bones. Can all these be related? Be markers of a syndrome?

ChromosomalAbnormaly: Short long bones are considered a soft sign of potential chromosomal abnormality and generally a fetal pericardial effusion also can be indicative of a chromosomal problem (not always). The leukocyte esterase is separate. Your OB doctor is going to be the best person to interpret these findings for you because they have all of the information to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

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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.

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Managing Bone Spurs (Checklist)

Wear comfortable shoes
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Use heel cushions
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Ask your podiatrist if you'd benefit from prescription orthotics
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Ask your podiatrist about steroid injections
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Describe how long bones grow?

Describe how long bones grow?

It's a long story...: Briefly, at the end of all long bones are physes (growth plates) that are composed of columns of cartilage cells. These columns grow one cell at a time, and cells at the bottom swell and die and become a scaffold for bone formation. It is too complicated to describe in 400 characters, but this might help: http://www.Sophia.Org/bone-development-endochondral-ossification-tutorial.

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What is the definition or description of: Long bones?

What is the definition or description of: Long bones?

Long bones: Our long bones include: tibia, fibula, femur, metatarsals, humerus, radius, ulna, metacarpals,& phalanges. They support our bodies and allow us to move.

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, endurance
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Avoid repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled. Don't miss appointments.
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Is it possible for long bones to shrink before they ossify?

Is it possible for long bones to shrink before they ossify?

No: Bones continue to form, breakdown and reform. It is a continuous process. Ossification occurs when the growth plates close. This happens at different ages and also depends on the sex. I can't think of a disease process that would cause a long bone to shrink before it ossifies.

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How can I know if my epiphyseal lines of the long bones are still open?

X-ray: An x-ray would show it, but you should not have it without a doctor's advice and prescription.

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When our long bones increase in diameter, why does the thickness of the compact bone remain relatively constant?

When our long bones increase in diameter, why does the thickness of the compact bone remain relatively constant?

Bone changes with aT: Our cortical or compact bone actually thins as we age and the diameter enlarges. This is a consequence of our bodies response to the forces around us along with the hormonal changes that happen as we age.

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Is it true some people's long bones never close? Are there conditions that cause that, other than acromegaly? Would I continue to get taller even @ 36

Is it true some people's long bones never close? Are there conditions that cause that, other than acromegaly? Would I continue to get taller even @ 36

Long bone: By age 36 should have known by now that your long bones have closed. How tall are you and how much taller, if any, are you still gaining height? Please let me know.

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Other than acromegaly are there other causes of long bones to never fuse in almost 40 YO?Is it poss to stop growing in 20s & then restart 10 yrs later

Other than acromegaly are there other causes of long bones to never fuse in almost 40 YO?Is it poss to stop growing in 20s & then restart 10 yrs later

Not possible: Once you stop growing in your late teens the growth plates are closed and there is nothing which can make you start growing again. In acromegaly the bones will not get longer so you won't grow taller but the bones, particularly around the face, may get thicker.

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What causes the epiphyseal plate of long bones to close too early?

Injury typically: The growth plate of bones can close (fuse) too early. One reason can be injury to the growth plate, such as a fracture that crosses or involves it. There certainly are times that it can close early without any known cause as well. Additionally, surgery that involves the plate can cause it problems as well.

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What are your long bones?

What are your long bones?

Arms & Legs: Femur (thigh bone), tibia & fibular (lower leg), humerus (upper arm) plus radius & ulna (lower arm) are considered long bones.

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How old are fused long bones in men?

How old are fused long bones in men?

It depends: The general rule of thumb is that boys stop growing around age 16 (and girls at 14). But, these are just averages and it is not uncommon for boys to continue to grow into college years.

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How long most long bones grow until?

Until end of puberty: Usually the growth stops at the end of puberty. However, some males may have growth until about 21 years of age and females for a year or two after menstration begins.

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


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Long Bones (Definition)

Our long bones include: tibia, fibula, femur, metatarsals, humerus, radius, ulna, metacarpals,& phalanges. They support our bodies and ...Read more