The nurse is caring for a 16-year-old boy with multiple fractures. Around this age, people often experience closure of the epiphyses. After this occurs, which of the following is true?


• The epiphyseal plates (epiphyses) are responsible for bone elongation in children. Once the plate closes during late adolescence or early adulthood, bone length no longer increases

• Bone thickening is not associated with closure of the epiphyses

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