Normal length changes in hand bones during adulthood: Exploratory study of ray two

Rolf G. Behrents, Edward Harris

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Abstract

A longitudinal analysis was made of total length changes of the four epiphyseal bones of ray two, the index finger, during adulthood. Matched pairs of standardized hand-wrist radiographs on 37 individuals between earlier (x́ = 22 years) and later (x́ = 54 years) adult age-grades show that the distal and middle phalanges continue to increase in overall length; the proximal phalange exhibits no change; and the metacarpal significantly decreases in size. The changes in these normal adults are also discernible in cross-sectional data but are not obvious statistically. Causes of the specific increases and decreases remain speculative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-283
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Human Biology
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

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Metacarpal Bones
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  • Epidemiology
  • Physiology
  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Normal length changes in hand bones during adulthood : Exploratory study of ray two. / Behrents, Rolf G.; Harris, Edward.

In: Annals of Human Biology, Vol. 14, No. 3, 01.01.1987, p. 277-283.

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