Morphometric study of fully ossified head and neck diameter of the human left femur
Keywords:Human femur, Head and neck diameter, Sexual variations
The femur is the weight bearing typical long bone of lower limb which extends from the pelvis to the knee. The anatomical knowledge of different dimensions of femur specially head and neck of the femur is very essential in anthropological and medico-legal practice for sex determination and as well as to radiologists, rheumatologists and orthopedic surgeons for diagnosis and planning of treatment. This is an observational descriptive type of study carried out in the Department of Anatomy, Sir Salimullah Medical College (SSMC), Dhaka from July 2011 to June 2012. The present study was performed on one hundred and ninety-nine (n=199; male-89 & female-110) left sided fully ossified human femur bones collected from the Department of Anatomy and the medical students of 1st & 2nd year MBBS source Sir Salimullah Medical College (SSMC), Dhaka and Dhaka National Medical College (DNMC), Dhaka. Morphometric study was carried out on all samples by direct physical methods. There was statistically significant difference found in the diameter of the head and neck of the femur bones between male and female bones. The present study attempted to provide a morphometric base line data of adult human left sided femur and also to see the sexual variations.
J. Dhaka National Med. Coll. Hos. 2012; 18 (02): 9-13