Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 315–318 | Cite as

Growth of the human metatarsal bones in the fetal period (13–24 weeks postconception): a quantitative study

  • H A de Vasconcellos
  • J C Prates
  • L G B Moraes
  • H C Rodriques
Original Articles

Summary

We studied metatarsal growth in 600 metatarsal bones (60 pairs of feet) taken from 60 human fetuses (35 males and 25 females) ranging in age from 13 to 24 weeks postconception. The data obtained for the total length (TL) and for the ossified metatarsal length (OML) were correlated to fetal crown-rump length (C-R). The ossified metatarsal length presented a growth rate greater than the total length growth rate. There was no statistical difference between either the right and left metatarsals or males and females in total length and ossified metatarsal length growth during the period studied. We believe that metatarsal growth curves could be used to monitor fetal foot growth.

Key words

Metatarsal bone Metatarsus Metatarsal growth Foot growth and development Foot Anatomy 

Résumé

Nous avons étudié la croissance métatarsienne sur 600 métatarsiens (60 paires de pieds) provenant de 60 foetus humains (35 masculins et 25 féminins) dont l'âge varie de 13 à 24 semaines après la conception. Les données concernant la Longueur Totale et la Longueur Osseuse ont été corrélées à la Longueur Vertex-Coccyx. La Longueur Osseuse a présenté un rythme de croissance plus rapide que la Longueur Totale. Il n'y avait pas de différences significatives pour la croissance de la Longueur Osseuse ou de la Longueur Totale ni entre les métatarsiens droits et gauches, ni entre les foetus masculins et féminins durant la période étudiée. Nous pensons que les courbes de croissance métarsienne pourraient être utilisées pour suivre la croissance du pied fetal.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • H A de Vasconcellos
    • 1
  • J C Prates
    • 2
  • L G B Moraes
    • 1
  • H C Rodriques
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnatomyState University of Rio de JaneiroBrasil
  2. 2.Paulista Scholl of MedicineSao PauloBrasil

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