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Correlation between Cervical Vertebrae Maturation and Chronological Age: A Radiographic Study

Santhakumar Madhu

Citation Information : Madhu S. Correlation between Cervical Vertebrae Maturation and Chronological Age: A Radiographic Study. World J Dent 2017; 8 (5):382-385.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10015-1470

License: CC BY-SA 4.0

Published Online: 01-03-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).


Aim: The aim of the study is to find out the radiographic correlation between cervical vertebrae maturation (CVM) and chronological age. Materials and methods: A total of 67 patients, 35 boys and 32 girls, who required orthodontic and orthopedic treatment were selected for the study after considering inclusion and exclusion criteria. Cervical vertebrae as seen in lateral cephalogram were assessed using the criteria as proposed by Lambarki modified by Hassel and Farman. Results: Statistical analysis using analysis of variance (ANOVA) test (Fisher’s F-test) showed that for males, F = 13.539 and p = 0.000 and for females, F = 22.159 and p = 0.000. This indicates that the correlation is very highly significant in both sexes. Conclusion: The chronological age could be predicted reliably assessing the CVM index. The skeletal maturity is achieved faster in females compared with males. Clinical significance: This method finds its application where growth modification treatment is indicated. The results have great value in forensic odontology.

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