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February 1976

Relationship of Radial Metaphyseal Band Width to Stature Velocity

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Growth and Development, Institute of Child Health, University of London. Dr Edlin is now with the Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas.

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(2):160-163. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120030050009

• A relatively radiodense metaphyseal band is present at the distal end of the radius in normally growing children. The width of this band is related to the velocity of stature growth. Though individual growth rates in height cannot be closely predicted from the width of the band in normal children and adolescents, in certain clinical conditions the band width may be a useful guide as to whether or not growth is proceeding normally. Examples are given of the effect of human growth hormone treatment on the band width in a case of isolated growth hormone deficiency and of the effect of thyroid treatment on the band width in a case of hypothyroidism.

(Am J Dis Child 130:160-163, 1976)