Calcified Tissue International

, Volume 43, Issue 4, pp 260–262 | Cite as

Peak trabecular vertebral density: A comparison of adolescent and adult females

  • Vicente Gilsanz
  • Douglas T. Gibbens
  • Michael Carlson
  • M. Ines Boechat
  • Christopher E. Cann
  • Eloy E. Schulz
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To determine when spinal bone density reaches its peak, the trabecular vertebral density was assessed, via quantitative computed tomography, among females from two age groups: (1) adolescents (aged 14–19 years; n=24); and (2) young adults (aged 25–35 years; n=24). The adolescent girls had a higher mean trabecular vertebral density (P<0.01), suggesting that spinal density reaches its peak around the time of cessation of longitudinal growth and epiphyseal closure.


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vicente Gilsanz
    • 1
  • Douglas T. Gibbens
    • 1
  • Michael Carlson
    • 1
  • M. Ines Boechat
    • 2
  • Christopher E. Cann
    • 3
  • Eloy E. Schulz
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyChildren's Hospital of Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.School of MedicineUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.School of MedicineUniversity of California, San FranciscoLos AngelesUSA
  4. 4.Loma Linda University Medical CenterLos AngelesUSA

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