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Rom J Leg Med26(4)392-396(2018)
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The evaluation of forensic age estimation in obese children

M. S. Çelik, B. Büken, ?. Arslanoğlu, S. Bolu, M. A. Sungur

Abstract: Objective. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the difference between chronological age and bone age of obese children and to examine the differences in the growth of obese children in terms of their bone age and secondary sex criteria for the forensic age estimation. Material and Methods. The sample of this study consists of 274 obese children (153 girls and 121 boys) who applied to Pediatric Outpatient Clinic of Düzce University School of Medicine between January 2013 and February 2016. Children’s lefthand wrist graphs were evaluated retrospectively with Tanner-Whitehouse (TW3) Bone Age Atlas for age estimation. Results. In the present study, it was found that the difference between bone age and chronological age due to obesity in females was less than one year. However, the differences between bone age and chronological age were more than one year in males at 5,8,9,10,11,12 years. In both genders, it was found that the difference was statistically significant in all parameters evaluated according to Tanner criteria. Conclusion. In the present study it was found that it is possible to use TW3 atlas in obese children but it is crucial to evaluate obese children considering the level and duration of obesity. Since the variation may be more than one year in obese boys, it is also recommended to evaluate with other methods for age estimation in obese boys.
Keywords: forensic age estimation, bone age, obesity.

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