Effects of Mechanical Factors on Structure and Function of the Growth Plate of Long Bones
Stapling of the growth plate is considered to be a simple method of correcting angular deformities of adolescents. Despite broad clinical application our knowledge of many morpholocial and biochemical details in the response of the growth plate to stapling is still deficient. This experimental investigation was performed to present a systematic documentation of short und long term mechanical effects of stapling on the structure and function of the growth zone. A study of the underlying morphological and biochemical events would contribute to a better understanding of the control mechanisms of the growth plate.
KeywordsGrowth Plate Epiphyseal Cartilage Vertical Thickness Columnar Zone Calcein Green
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