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Title: Evaluation of manubriosternal joint fusion and second costal cartilage calcification: Are they useful for estimating advanced age groups?
Authors: Oktay, Cemil
Aytaç, Güneş
Keywords: adult age estimation
manubriosternal joint
second costal cartilage
Sternal Variations
Forensic Age
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Wiley
Abstract: The objectives of this study were to evaluate the manubriosternal joint (MSJ) to estimate the minimum chronological age of complete fusion, and how changes in this joint influence age estimation. The study also focused on investigating the calcification patterns of the second costal cartilage (SCC), as they may be related to age. Between January and September 2020, individuals between 30 and 80 years of age, who underwent chest tomography at our institution, were listed by sex and divided into five groups according to age with intervals of 10 years. Twenty patients from each age group and sex were randomly selected, and 200 patients were evaluated. The relationship between age and changes in MSJ and SCC was evaluated. The incidence of complete fusion did not differ significantly between the 30 and 80 age groups. A significant difference was found between the age groups and MSJ degeneration (p < 0.001). The degree of MSJ degeneration and calcification in SCC significantly increased with age, but the range was wide. These values might be used to support traditionally accepted age-estimation methods but not as independent indicators of specific age ranges.
ISSN: 0022-1198
Appears in Collections:PubMed İndeksli Yayınlar Koleksiyonu / PubMed Indexed Publications Collection
Scopus İndeksli Yayınlar Koleksiyonu / Scopus Indexed Publications Collection
Temel Tıp Bilimleri Bölümü / Department of Basic Medical Sciences
WoS İndeksli Yayınlar Koleksiyonu / WoS Indexed Publications Collection

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