Abstract

Age related changes in porosity of cortical bone have been previously reported. The cortical porosity increases with age in both men and women, from 4.6% in men and 4% in women at age 40 to 10% and more at age 80 (Laval-Jeantet et al., 1983). The porosity is defined as the percentage of cortical bone occupied by vascular and resorption cavities. There are a few quantitative data regarding the influences of Haversian canal and resorption space on porosity. Age related increases in Haversian canal size and Haversian canal number contribute to the increasing porosity of cortical bone for the elderly men and women (Thompson, 1980; Nyssen-behets et al., 1997). The number of osteoclastic resorption space is also greater in the old men than in the young men (Nyssen-Behets et al., 1997).

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