Quantitative Analysis of Vertebra Body Height of Spine during Ageing
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AbstractIntroduction: Ageing brings along a lot of degenerations in human body function. It is proved that ageing causes faster loss in bone mineral mass that can lead to degeneration inside bone matrix of vertebra. The vertebral column of the elderly no longer has enough strength to support the upper body weight and deform due to the external forces. The scope of the analysis is to analyse the effect of age factor on vertical height of thoracic and lumbar spinal vertebral body so to evaluate the spine deformation effect upon ageing.

Methods: Computed tomographic images from 89 subjects which were divided into 5 age-groups (35-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65-74 and 75-84 years) were being segmented out into individual spine. Vertebral bodies’ centroid vertical height of subjects were measured with individual spines for further statistical analysis.

Results: A significant negative relationship between age and vertebral body height was noted (p<0.005). Statistical analysis suggested that in every age-group, there was significant decrease in the height of vertebral body in elderly (age-group of 75-84 years) than normal adult (age-group of 35-44 and 45-54 years).

Discussion and Conclusion: This project provides comprehensive statistical analysis reviewing the vertebral body height decreased with increasing ages. It could be due to bone degeneration or possibly deformation. Therefore, spinal vertebral dimensions of normal individuals of different ages are valuable research data in the medical database. These parameters are important for medical specialists to work as a database for judgement of the severity of the spine abnormalities of patients upon ageing.
All Author(s) ListF. K. Yeung, K. Y. Yip, J. Griffith, W. C. W. Chu, J. C. Y. Cheng and L. Shi
Name of ConferenceThe 36th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association (HKOA)
Start Date of Conference05/11/2016
End Date of Conference06/11/2016
Place of ConferenceHong Kong
Country/Region of ConferenceHong Kong
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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