Article Text

Download PDFPDF

Centiles for adult head circumference.
  1. K M Bushby,
  2. T Cole,
  3. J N Matthews,
  4. J A Goodship
  1. Department of Human Genetics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.


    Reference range for head circumference on the Tanner charts do not go beyond age 16. In this study the head circumference and heights of 354 adults in two British centres were measured. The centile charts constructed from these measurements show that adult head circumference is related to height. The mean head circumference of a male of average height is above the 97th centile for a 16 year old on the Tanner charts. The paediatric charts are therefore inappropriate for use in adult males.

    Statistics from

    Request Permissions

    If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.