A Two-year Prospective Study in Western Maharashtra in Relation to Ossification Centers around Wrist Joint for Age Determination using Radiological Examination in Sportspersons
Rajesh C Dere, Amol R Maiyyar, Sachin S Patil, Ravindra B Deokar, Hemant G Kukde
INTRODUCTION: The determination of the age of an individual from the appearance and the fusion of the ossification centers is considered a reasonable scientific method and a well-accepted fact in the field of medical and legal professions. The aims and objectives of the study were scientific estimation of age from the study of appearance and fusion of bone epiphysis of wrist joint. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present study was undertaken for the determination of age in 100 sportspersons referred for medical age verification by various sports associations approved by the Sports Authority of India, belonging to different cities of the western part of Maharashtra. RESULTS: Epiphyseal fusion for lower end of radius was seen in 50% of cases at the age of 18 years in males, while in females, the same was observed in 66.67% of cases at the age of 17 years. The epiphyseal fusion for the lower end of ulna was seen in 50% of cases at the age of 18 years in males, while in females, the same was observed in 66.67% of cases from the age of 17 years onward. DISCUSSION: In the case of males, the age of fusion of radius and ulna with their shafts corresponds precisely with studies conducted in India with few exceptions. But in the case of females, findings of the current study correlate accurately with most of the studies conducted outside India. CONCLUSION: The age of epiphyseal fusion can be useful in detecting sportspersons with forged age certificates in various national and international sports events.
Age estimation, Epiphyseal fusion, Wrist joint