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Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1992 Apr;17(4):437-40.

Growth beyond skeletal maturity.

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University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, St. James's University Hospital, Leeds, United Kingdom.


Serial measurements of standing and sitting height of children show that growth continues beyond the age of skeletal maturity when judged by the fusion of the epiphyses of the hand and wrist. Most of this increase occurs in the sitting height, largely reflecting spinal growth, and may account for the known progression potential of idiopathic scoliosis beyond the attainment of skeletal maturity.

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