Can we predict body height from segmental bone length measurements? A study of 3,647 children

Jack C.Y. Cheng, S. S.F. Leung, B. S.K. Chiu, P. W.T. Tse, C. W.Y. Lee, A. K.H. Chan, Guo Xia, Kam Lun Leung, Y. Y.Y. Xu

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Abstract

It is well known that significant differences exist in the anthropometric data of different races and ethnic groups. This is a cross- sectional study on segmental bone length based on 3,647 Chinese children of equal sex distribution aged 3-18 years. The measurements included standing height, weight, arm span, foot length, and segmental bone length of the humerus, radius, ulna, and tibia. A normality growth chart of all the measured parameters was constructed. Statistical analysis of the results showed a very high linear correlation of height with arm span, foot length, and segmental bone lengths with a correlation coefficient of 0.96-0.99 for both sexes. No differences were found between the right and left side of all the segmental bone lengths. These Chinese children were found to have a proportional limb segmental length relative to the trunk.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-393
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 1998

Keywords

  • Anthropometric data
  • Arm span
  • Body proportion
  • Chinese children
  • Limb segmental length

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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