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Quantitative Dermatoglyphic asymmetry: A comparative study between Schizophrenic patients and control groups of West Bengal, India

Karmakar, B.; Sengupta, M.

Anthropologischer Anzeiger Volume 69 No. 2 (2012), p. 229 - 242

published: Mar 1, 2012

DOI: 10.1127/0003-5548/2012/0135

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Quantitative Fluctuating (FA) and Directional asymmetry (DA) of dermatoglyphics on digito-palmar complex were analyzed in a group of 111 patients (males: 61, females: 50) with schizophrenia (SZ), and compared to an ethnically matched phenotypically healthy control (males: 60, females: 60) through MANOVA, ANOVA and canonical Discriminant analyses. With few exceptions, asymmetries are higher among patients, and this is more prominent in FA than DA. Statistically significant differences were observed between patient and control groups, especially in males. In both sexes, FA of combined dermatoglyphic traits (e.g. total finger ridge count, total palmar pattern ridge count) are found to be a strong discriminator between the two groups with a correct classification of over 83 % probability.


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