The present study investigated the changes in the heights and anteroposterior diameters of human intervertebral discs by means of measurements from radiographs, to determine age changes of lumbar intervertebral discs in Turkish people. Measurements of anterior and posterior disc different age groups from lateral radiographs. The height of the intervertebral disc increases with aging only in males and the disc depth in both sexes. Our findings generally corroborate previous studies. It is suggested that the different findings from the present study might be peculiar to the society. (C) 1999 Tohoku University Medical Press.