Osteophyte

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Osteophyte

 

a small, circumscribed, single or multiple bony excrescence. An osteophyte is usually caused either by mechanical injury or by infectious inflammatory processes, for example, osteomyelitis and syphilis. Being asymptomatic in most cases, it is detected by roentgenography and does not require specific treatment. Osteophytes are surgically removed if they cause pain or restrict movement.

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Adult ages can be estimated by several methods, including the degree and location of cranial suture closure (Todd & Lyon, 1924, 1925a, b, c; Meindl & Lovejoy, 1985; Figures 1 [I, C] and 4), the degree of erosion of the pubic symphysis (Figures 1 [I, D] and 5), and the amount of osteophytic lipping of the vertebral bodies (Rothschild & Martin, 1993; Figures 1 [I, E] and 6).
In many situations, routine X-rays taken immediately after a motor vehicle accident might reveal osteophytic spurs.
A fibrous band extended superiorly to the level of the mentum, where it was attached to an osteophytic nipple at the base.
2-4) Abnormal motion may lead to an osteophytic spur at the pseudarthrosis, which may also impinge on the cuff.
An x-ray shows some mild joint-space narrowing in the medial compartment and osteophytic changes.
There were no signs of severe joint degeneration in the few joints observeable, save for a small osteophytic lesion (bony outgrowth) on the body of 5th lumbar vertebra, however muscle attachment sites were quite marked.