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When The Epiphyseal Plate Is Replaced By Bone What Happens
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
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
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
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
The growth will con-: Tinue, so the bone will grow longer. ...Read more
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
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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