The Correlation between Percutaneous Length of Fibula and Stature of Ubon Ratchathani University Students

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Nongnuch Kanharat
Panya Tuamsuk
Ratana Leksomboon


Background and Objective: The stature is one of the important biological profiles of an individual and associated with personal identification. The fibula is easily percutaneously palpable and non-weight-bearing bone due to no direct articulation from the femur. Therefore, the fibula is no changing of length from increasing body weight. This study  aimed to assess the correlation between percutaneous length of fibula and stature in young adult Northeastern Thais; Ubon Ratchathani University students.

Methods: The subjects were all Thai healthy students (179 males and 168 females) from College of Medicine and Public Health, Ubon Ratchathani University. The ages were ranged from 19 to 22 years. The percutaneous lengths of fibula were measured between proximal end of fibular head and distal end of lateral malleolus. Left and right percutaneous lengths of fibula of each subject were measured. The stature was also measured in standing position. The data were statistically analyzed using independent t-test. The correlation between percutaneous length of fibula and stature was tested by Pearson correlation analysis.

Results:  The mean stature of males (170.5 ± 6.8 cm) was significantly higher than that of females (158.4 ± 6 cm) (p<0.05). The mean of percutaneous lengths of fibula of males (left side 39 ± 2.5 cm and right side 38.9 ± 2.6 cm) was significantly longer that of females (left side 36.6 ± 2 cm and right side 36.4 ± 2.1cm) (p<0.05). Bilateral difference of percutaneous lengths of fibula was not significant (p>0.05). The percutaneous lengths of fibula showed significant positive correlation with stature in both genders.

Conclusion: The percutaneous lengths of fibula were positively correlated with the stature in young adult Thais; Ubon Ratchathani University students. This study was basic data to develop the stature equation for personal identification in young adult Northeastern Thais.


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