Closure of the iliac crest ossification center in dogs: 750 cases (1980-1987)

Bennett D. Fagin From the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (Aronson), College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211.

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Everett Aronson From the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (Aronson), College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211.

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Mark A. Gutzmer From the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (Aronson), College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211.

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Summary

Radiographs of 750 dogs were examined to determine whether the iliac crest ossification center was open or closed. The center was closed in most dogs by 2 years of age. Eighteen percent of dogs ≥ 10 years old had open iliac crest ossification center; 10% of dogs ≥ 14 years old had open iliac crest ossification center. Closure of the iliac crest ossification center is extremely variable and, in many dogs, occurs at later age than has been previously reported.

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Radiographs of 750 dogs were examined to determine whether the iliac crest ossification center was open or closed. The center was closed in most dogs by 2 years of age. Eighteen percent of dogs ≥ 10 years old had open iliac crest ossification center; 10% of dogs ≥ 14 years old had open iliac crest ossification center. Closure of the iliac crest ossification center is extremely variable and, in many dogs, occurs at later age than has been previously reported.

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