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Pediatric Skeletal Anatomy

Because their bodies are still growing, children’s skeletons are different from adults’.


Outline of baby with skeleton visible. Shaded areas show growth plates at ends of collarbones, at top and bottom of upper arm bones, lower arm bones, upper leg bones, and lower leg bones. Growth plates also in fingers and toes.
Skeleton of infant. Shaded areas are growth plates.


 Outline of child with skeleton visible showing skull, jaw, ribs, vertebrae, pelvis, clavicle (collarbone), scapula (shoulder blade), humerus (upper arm bone), ulna and radius (forearm bones), wrist bones, femur (thighbone), patella (kneecap), tibia, fibula, and ankle bones.

Online Medical Reviewer: Freeborn, Donna, PhD, CNM, FNP
Online Medical Reviewer: newMentor board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 3/9/2013
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