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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. ...Read more

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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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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