Pubertal Disorders and Bone Maturation

Liora Lazar, Moshe Phillip

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Bone age (BA) indicates more clearly than chronologic age how far an individual has progressed toward full maturity, and predicts the potential for further growth. Single or serial skeletal age estimations help to confirm the diagnosis of normal puberty and normal pubertal variants such as constitutional delay of growth and puberty, premature therlache, and precocious adrenarche. BA can aid in the clinical workup of children whose sexual maturation is early or delayed. Although BA is considered a qualitative rather than quantitative measure, it serves to round out the clinical picture, providing information without which diagnosis could not be achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)805-825
Number of pages21
JournalEndocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • Bone age
  • Delayed puberty
  • Normal puberty
  • Precocious puberty
  • Pubertal growth spurt
  • Skeletal maturation


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