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Nasal growth and maturation age in adolescents: a systematic review.
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PMID:  19075124     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To define the end of the nasofacial growth spurt in order to schedule rhinoseptoplasty in patients with cleft without disturbing nasofacial growth. DATA SOURCES: We searched the PubMed and Cochrane bibliographic databases from inception through December 31, 2007, using the primary indexing term facial growth with the confining search terms growth AND (face OR nose) AND (cephalometry OR anthropometry). The reference lists of the retrieved articles were searched for missed relevant studies. Articles written in English, German, or Dutch were included in the review. STUDY SELECTION: Studies of white adolescents without genetic disorders or malformations whose growth patterns had been followed up from at least 12 years of age until 18 years of age, with intervals between relevant measurements not longer than 2 years, were selected for this review. DATA EXTRACTION: A reviewer performed data extraction by obtaining raw study data from the selected studies or by requesting them from the authors. DATA SYNTHESIS: Growth velocity curves were fit to different relevant measures for nasofacial growth. The end of the nasofacial growth spurt was defined as the age at which these growth velocity curves have their steepest descending slope. This definition yielded an average age of 13.1 years for adolescent girls and 14.7 years for adolescent boys. Because no information could be found for the spread in age of nasal growth spurt of individuals, 2 SDs of the age distribution for body height growth velocity were added. This resulted in 98% of white adolescent girls being nasally mature at the age of 15.8 years and 98% of white adolescent boys being nasally mature at the age of 16.9 years. CONCLUSION: Rhinoseptoplasty can safely be performed after the age of 16 years in girls and 17 years in boys.
Perry van der Heijden; Astrid G Korsten-Meijer; Bernard F van der Laan; Hero P Wit; Sieneke M Goorhuis-Brouwer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery     Volume:  134     ISSN:  1538-361X     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Otolaryngol. Head Neck Surg.     Publication Date:  2008 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-16     Completed Date:  2009-01-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8603209     Medline TA:  Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1288-93     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, University Medical Center Groningen, PO Box 30.001, 9700 RB Groningen, the Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Development*
Age Factors
Maxillofacial Development*
Nasal Septum / surgery
Nose / growth & development*
Otorhinolaryngologic Surgical Procedures

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