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Doctor insights on: When The Epiphyseal Plate Is Replaced By Bone What Happens

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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. ...Read more

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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


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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?

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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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. ...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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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

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Where on the epiphyseal plate can an osteocyte be found?

Where on the epiphyseal plate can an osteocyte be found?

Found in bone: osteocyte is a mature osteoblast that has become entrapped in the bone it produces, usually found in lacuna within the bone and continues to develop bone. Epiphyseal plate zone of ossification contains both osteoblasts and osteocytes. ...Read more