Diaphysial nutrient foramina in human phalanges

Mysorekar, V.R.; Nandedkar, A.N.

Journal of Anatomy 128(Pt 2): 315-322


ISSN/ISBN: 0021-8782
PMID: 438092
Accession: 005146010

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Diaphyseal nutrient foramina in 1770 phalanges of the hand and 660 phalanges of the foot, of unknown sex, were studied. These bones had 1 nutrient foramen in the middle 3rd of the shaft and the proximal phalanges of the fingers showed double foramina. Most of the foramina were situated on the border between the palmar/plantar surfaces. The distal phalanges of the toes, and particularly of the great toe, may have the foramen on the dorsal surface. In the intermediate phalanges of the toes it is not possible to identify the foramen. All the foramina were directed away from the growing end.