leikul at YAHOO.COM
Sun Feb 18 00:50:46 PST 2001
Yes some serious research has beem made in age
estimation and differences
of ethnic origin.
Our colleague in Radiology in Denmark, A. Wenzel made
a lot some years ago for example.
Here are some of her articles from that time
Melsen B, Wenzel A, Miletic T, Andreasen J,
Vagn-Hansen PL, Terp S.
Dental and skeletal maturity in adoptive
children: assessments at arrival and after
one year in the admitting country.
Ann Hum Biol. 1986
Wenzel A, Droschl H, Melsen B.
Skeletal maturity in Austrian children assessed by
the GP and the TW-2 methods.
Ann Hum Biol. 1984
Wenzel A, Melsen B.
Skeletal maturity in 6-16-year-old
Danish children assessed by the
Tanner-Whitehouse-2 method. Ann Hum Biol. 1982
Wenzel A, Thylstrup A, Melsen B.
Skeletal development and dental fluorosis in
12--14-year-old Danish girls from a fluoride
Scand J Dent Res. 1982
Head, Radiology Division
King Saud University, Riyadh
I will not add to the discussion wether to interfere
or not as this is
entirely a matter for our US-collegaues.
I would however like to take the opportunity to start
discussion considering age - estimation from
A few years ago (late 80's) while working at a faculty
we were asked by
the physicians working at the local immigration office
age-estimation from radiographs on a number of
obviously the age was of importance for the decision.
(In Sweden that
was and is within the law due to medico-legal reasons)
What was striking was that in many of the immigrants
there was a
considearble discrepancy between our age-estimations
and what the
immigrants said was to be their real age. Although
involved certainly had reasons to lie about their
chronological age I
got the feeling that there may by considerable ethnic
adding to the major interindividual variation we all
know to exist. I
scanned the literature back then and it seemed that
most (all) of the
data (both bone age and dental age) were based upon
I know that Tom Ocholla had a preliminary paper on
this at the Osaka
meeting indicating racial differencies but I have
never seen anything
published on this matter.
Does anyone know of scientific studies where possible
ethnic and racial
differences in dental and skeletal maturity have been
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