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Measure: Arm Span   #020100


Measurement of the maximum distance between the extended middle fingers of the right and left hands.


Arm span is highly correlated with stature and may be used to estimate an individual’s stature when height or recumbent length cannot be measured. Because height correlates with lung volume and certain other pulmonary function parameters, arm span can be used as a predictor or surrogate for height in predicting selected pulmonary parameters. In addition, an increased arm-span-to-height ratio can suggest a loss of height such as in kyphosis and kyphoscoliosis, which can in turn be associated with osteopenia and osteoporosis.



Anthropometrics, height, stature

Measure Release Date: October 1, 2015

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