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Type: Journal article
Title: Association of frontal sinus development with somatic and skeletal maturation in Aboriginal Australians: a longitudinal study
Author: Gagliardi, A.
Winning, T.
Kaidonis, J.
Hughes, T.
Townsend, G.
Citation: Homo - journal of comparative human biology, 2004; 55(1-2):39-52
Publisher: Urban & Fischer Verlag
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 0018-442X
1618-1301
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A. Gagliardi, T. Winning, J. Kaidonis, T. Hughes, G.C. Townsend
Abstract: There have been very few studies of frontal sinus development and its association with other growth parameters in humans. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship of frontal sinus development with somatic and skeletal maturation in a sample of Aboriginal Australians. The sample comprised 31 individuals, of whom 17 were males and 14 females. For the selected subjects the following records were available: lateral head radiographs, hand-wrist radiographs and stature recordings, generally covering the age range from 7 to 18 years. Descriptive statistics for frontal sinus size, skeletal ossification and body height were calculated at yearly intervals and comparisons made between the sexes. Growth velocities in frontal sinus height, frontal sinus depth and stature were also calculated for both sexes. The frontal sinus was found to display a well-defined adolescent growth spurt, with its peak velocity occurring after the peak velocity in body height. Females were found to attain peak velocity in sinus height earlier, on average, than males but they attained peak velocity in sinus depth at a similar age to males. The sequence of hand-wrist ossification events followed a similar pattern in both sexes, with events in females occurring approximately one year earlier than those in males. These results indicate that an adolescent spurt is present in frontal sinus growth and that the spurt tends to occur after statural velocity has peaked. Hand-wrist ossification events also tend to have a close relationship to peak statural and frontal sinus velocity and these relationships may be useful in clinical situations for predictive purposes.
Keywords: Frontal Sinus; Humans; Anthropometry; Longitudinal Studies; Reference Values; Adolescent; Child; Oceanic Ancestry Group; Female; Male
Description: Copyright © 2004 Elsevier GmbH All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020041120
DOI: 10.1016/j.jchb.2004.06.001
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