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

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Dr. Bruce Prager
Sports Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bruce Prager
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