Bone Age

Bone age indicates the degree of maturation of a child's bones. As a child grows through childhood, puberty, and after reaching adulthood, the bones show changes in their size and shape. A bone age study helps to estimate the maturity of the child's bones. It is studied by taking X-rays of the wrist, hands, and fingers. It is a safe and painless procedure.

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The bone age test of my son showed his bones were six months to a year older than his actual age. Should his growth hormone levels be checked?

Query: Hello doctor,My son is 13 years old and is a little over 5' 2". Last year, we had a blood test which showed normal. But the bone age test showed his bones were six months to a year older than his actual age. I am 5' 10.5" and my wife is 5' 8". Should we check his growth hormone levels?   Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. From what you have mentioned, according to the calculation of both parents, your son is expected to be taller likely 5’11.5”. Therefore his growth is above average. Besides, every child reaches puberty in their o...  Read Full »

What are the possible future complications of early puberty?

Query: Hello doctor, This is regarding my younger daughter's health and I would like to get a second opinion before I take any decision. My younger daughter was 1 year 6 months old when she came to this new place. Last year, when she was 5 years old we had to do a physical examination for getting admiss...  Read Full »

Dr. Vera Zdravkovic

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I would agree with doctors that this is precocious puberty and signs of puberty and bone age progressed since recently (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I am confused with hormonal results, could it be mistaken that these are entered in a wrong ...  Read Full »

Can knee and pelvic x-ray help to check, whether human growth hormone(HGH) will work for me?

Query: Dear Doctor, I have attached images of the latest x-ray imaging (attachment removed to protect user identity). I have taken this x-ray to determine my bone age, reason is that I had planned on using growth hormone therapy to help me grow taller. I was told that these bone age imaging of the wrist is...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Hand x-ray for bone age is really meant for paediatric age determination (i.e, upto 12 years). You need to provide a few details to know if HGH will work for you or not. What is your current height? What is the height of your parents?  You really need the Risser's sign...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have popping sound from knees to ankles in small babies?

Query: Hi doctor, I want to discuss about my 11 months old daughter's leg problem. She has a popping sound from knee to ankle bones. She is not crawling or walking but she can stand with support or run in a walker. Is it normal? or Do I need to be concerned about it?  Read Full »

Dr. Manu Chandarashekhara Bharadwaj

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please mention whether you are sure about the sound arising from the baby's leg. I am asking this because the bone is not calcified in this early stage and it is usually soft but firm. The practice of not crawling is abnormal and walking is not a concern in this stage o...  Read Full »

Kindly look at the x-ray and tell whether there is a possibility of growth?

Query: Hello doctor, My son was told that his growth plates are mostly closed. I would like someone else to view his X-ray. He is pretty much done growing standing five feet tall and four inches and 1/4. I find it so hard to believe and he is devastated. I want to to know if there is a possibility for two...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query and your report attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity), nowhere it has been mentioned that his growth plates are fused indicating a possibility of further growth normally. Secondly, he is not short-statured according to this...  Read Full »

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