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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 734-740

Determination of skeletal age by middle phalanx of third finger- A review


Department of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry, Guru Nanak Institute of Dental Science & Research, Panihati, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Monalisa Das
Department of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry, Guru Nanak Institute of Dental Science & Research, Panihati, Kolkata, West Bengal
India
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The significance of age estimation has different directions - from determination of unknown age to forensic interest. Every hard tissue has specific ossification centres for maturation in a specific time and these key centres may help to unlock the mystery of changing hard tissue during the periods of growth spurts. The bones of middle phalanx of third finger reach their highest level of maturation through some developmental stages (MP3 stages) which can be used as a simple tool for prediction of developmental status of a growing child. This article presents a review of skeletal age determination using maturation of middle phalanx of third finger.


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