Huesos largos

Definición

Son huesos duros y densos que brindan resistencia, estructura y movilidad, como el fémur (del muslo). Un hueso largo tiene una diáfisis y dos extremos.

Asimismo, hay huesos en los dedos de las manos que se clasifican como "huesos largos", aunque sean cortos. Esto se debe a la forma de los huesos y no al tamaño real.

Los huesos largos contienen médula ósea amarilla y médula ósea roja, las cuales producen las células sanguíneas.

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Huesos largos

Referencias

Silverstein JA, Moeller JL, Hutchinson MR. Common issues in orthopedics. In: Anderson GJ, Hensrud DD. In: Rakel RE, Rakel DP eds. Textbook of Family Medicine. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 30.

Revision

Last reviewed 8/11/2013 by Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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