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Doctor insights on: What Is The Main Function Of The Epiphyseal Plates In Bones

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What is the main function of the epiphyseal plates in bones?

What is the main function of the epiphyseal plates in bones?

Multiple: There are multiple functions of the epiphysis, which is basically the end of the bone. The ends of the bone have the articulate cartilage that forms the joints on the body, they contain the growth plates that allow for growth in a skeletally immature patient. They are the sites of attachment for many ligaments and tendons as well. Good question.

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At what bone age do epiphyseal plates close for males?

At what bone age do epiphyseal plates close for males?

Depends on which bon: Epiphyses close at different ages depending on a particular bone and which end of the bone you are referring to; e.g. Distal end of femur closes at a different time than distal end of radius.

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What could happen when the epiphyseal plate is replaced by bone?

What could happen when the epiphyseal plate is replaced by bone?

Growth arrest: Growth stops. If one side of the bone stops growing then can lead to angular deformity as the other side continues to grow. If the entire growth plate closes symmetrically then growth will simply stop at that location.

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

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

Plate closure: Usually exposure to sex hormones ie androgens or estrogens. These are more likely to be elevated in precocious puberty or adrenal disorders. Environmental exposure is rare but on the list.

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

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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What does it mean when it's said that you're bones have fused or epiphyseals have closed? Does that mean you can't grow taller anymore?

Done with growth: There are areas at the end of your bones when you are a kid and early teenager called the epiphysis. This is the area of the bone where growth takes place. During puberty, these areas begin to get smaller - we call that closing or fusing. Once that happens completely, there is no longer any area where further growth can occur and you have reached your final height.

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How should we regenerate bone marrow, if I am patient of plastic anemia?

How should we regenerate bone marrow, if I am patient of plastic anemia?

See details: Aplastic anemia is a serious issue that requires you be under the care of a hematologist. The treatment depends somewhat on the cause but prednisone.Is usually a component of that treatment.

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What are the dangers od bone thinning through plastic surgery?

Rare: Facial silicone implants are known to thin the bone underneath them, although this is rarely a significant problem.

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How can plastic surgery change your bones/structure?

How can plastic surgery change your bones/structure?

Nasal surgery: For instance if you nose is something that bothers you the noes can be adjusted to make it more narrow.

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Is bone removal from your nose considered plastic surgery?

Is bone removal from your nose considered plastic surgery?

Nasal bone removal: Bone removed from the inside of your nose to straighten the septum or open the nasal airway by operating on the turbinates is considered functional surgery. Removing a bony hump or straightening the outside of the nose by removing nasal bone is considered plastic surgery.

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Protruding jaw bone, plastic surgery?

Protruding jaw bone, plastic surgery?

Yes: A prominent jaw or chin can be treated with plastic surgery. Depending on the condition, there are a few different surgical techniques all of which involve cutting the jaw bone and resetting it back a variable distance.

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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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If a 15yo boy breaks a bone and doctor becomes very concerned the fracture is in the area of epiphyseal plate what are options?

If a 15yo boy breaks a bone and doctor becomes very concerned the fracture is in the area of epiphyseal plate what are options?

Same as Other Fractu: As with all fractures, it depends upon the problem. Even with involvement of the growth plate, immobilzation for some, surgical repair for others. The orthopedist knows what is best for the specific situation.

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Can plastic surgery make hip bones smaller?

Can plastic surgery make hip bones smaller?

Not the bones: Only the fat overlying tem in your hips... That is commonly reduced through liposuction.

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How can you strengthen cheek bones without plastic surgery?

How can you strengthen cheek bones without plastic surgery?

Facial Fillers: I agree that fillers are an excellent option for improving cheek contour, but for permanent results I like fat transplantation. Around 50% of the fat ultimately reabsorbs, but the rest stays and is natural and long lasting. Regards.

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Can plastic surgeons make waist and hip bones smaller?

Yes and no: It won't change the underlying bones but the fat overlying the hips and waist can be treated with liposuction.

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If a young boy breaks a bone, why did the doctor become very concerned if the fracture is in the area of epiphyseal disk?

If a young boy breaks a bone, why did the doctor become very concerned if the fracture is in the area of epiphyseal disk?

Growth deformity: The epiphysis is the area of the bone distal to the physis or growth plate. A fracture in this area can lead to a growth arrest or a growth deformity. The chance of this is less if the fracture is properly reduced or set, but growth disturbance can still occur.