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    Dermatoglyphics in rheumatoid arthritis.

    Ravindranath R, Shubha R, Nagesh HV, Johnson J, Rajangam S.

    Division of Human Genetics, Department of Anatomy St. John's Medical College, Bangalore. sjmcanat@vsnl.com

    Patients with rheumatoid arthritis have been referred to Division of Human Genetics for counselling. Qualitative dermatoglyphics comprising of finger print pattern, interdigital pattern, hypothenar pattern and palmar crease were studied on 26 female and 11 male rheumatoid arthritis patients. Comparison between patient male and control male; and patient female and control female has been done. 'Chi' square test was performed. In male patients, with hands together, arches were increased, loops/ whorls were decreased. Partial Simian crease was significantly increased. In the right hand, patterns were increased in the 3rd interdigital area. On the other hand, in female patients there was a significant increase in whorls and decrease in loops on the first finger on both the hands, increase in arches on the 3rd finger; both arches and whorls on the 4th finger of left hand. Present study has emphasized that dermatoglyphics could be applied as a diagnostic tool to patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

    Indian J Med Sci. 2003 Oct;57(10):437-41.

    PMID: 14573963 [PubMed - in process]

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