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Nutrient foramina in the shafts of lower limb long bones: Situation and number

Les foramen nourriciers des diaphyses des os longs du membre inférieur : nombre et situation


The location and number of the diaphysial dominant nutrient formina in 305 specimens of the human lower limb long bones were examined. The diaphysial nutrient formaina on the femur were located at between 26.7-84.4% of the total length; while on the tibia between 11.0-67.2%; and on the fibula between 29.8-67.8% of the total length. The number of the diaphysial nutrient formaina and their distribution on the faces of each bone was also studied.


La situation et le nombre des principaux trous nourriciers diaphysaires de 305 os longs de membres inférieurs humains ont été examinés. Sur une échelle allant de 0 à 100, partant de l'extrémité craniale de l'os, les trous nourriciers de la diaphyse fémorale sont localisés entre les points 26,7 et 84,4; au niveau du tibia, ces trous sont situés entre 11 et 67,2 et, enfin, au niveau de la fibula entre 29,8 et 67,8. Le nombre de ces trous nourriciers et leur distribution sur les différentes faces des os ont été également étudiés.

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Sendemir, E., Çimen, A. Nutrient foramina in the shafts of lower limb long bones: Situation and number. Surg Radiol Anat 13, 105–108 (1991).

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Key words

  • Foramen nutrient
  • Long bones
  • Lower extremity