Periosteal appositional bone growth from age two to age seventy in man. A tetracycline evaluation

Authors

  • Bruce N. Epker,

    1. Orthopedic Research Laboratory, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan
    Current affiliation:
    1. Department of Oral Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit 2, Michigan
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  • Harold M. Frost

    1. Orthopedic Research Laboratory, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan
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    • Associate Orthopaedic Surgeon, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit 2, Michigan.


  • Work support by grants AM-04186 of National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., and Project 293, Henry Ford Hospital.

Abstract

Periosteal appositional bone formation in human ribs was analyzed. Tetracycline labels deposited in vivo reveal that in human ribs there can be continued apposition of periosteal bone after age 20, which decreases in amount with advancing age but is still present in the seventh decade.

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