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Measuring arm span

Arm span is measured by positioning the patient, heels together (unlike in the illustration) with the back against a flat wall and the arms stretched sideways with the palms facing the investigator. Arm span is the distance between the tips of the middle fingers.
The relationship between arm span and standing height differs between ethnic groups and vaArm span and standing heightries with age and sex.


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