December 1990

Spinal Bone Mineral Density in Children Aged 5.00 Through 11.99 Years

Author Affiliations

From the Divisions of Endocrinology and Diabetes (Dr Ponder) and Ambulatory Pediatrics (Dr McCormick and Ms McKernan), the Department of Pediatrics; the Department of Radiology (Dr Fawcett); and the Office of Academic Computing and Biostatistics (Dr Palmer), University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston; and the Department of Pediatrics, The Cleveland (Ohio) Clinic Foundation (Dr Brouhard).

Am J Dis Child. 1990;144(12):1346-1348. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150360072023

• Lumbar spine (L-2, L-3, L-4) bone mineral density was measured in 184 healthy boys and girls aged 5.00 through 11.99 years by dual photon absorptiometry. Weight, height, age, triceps skinfold thickness, and midarm circumference were also measured. Weight, height, and age were highly correlated with bone mineral density. In the population studied, a quadratic regression equation using body weight as the independent variable best described bone mineral density: bone mineral density = 0.3209 + [0.0168 (weight)]—[0.0001 (weight2)]

(AJDC. 1990;144:1346-1348)