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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 7, Issue 1, May 2013 pp 31-35

Research Article

Dermatoglyphic Studies in Female Schizophrenics


Sunil M. Kolekar1, Sunita U. Sawant2, P. Jyothi3

1Associate Professor, Department of Physiology

{2Associate Professor, 3Lecturer of Genetics} Department of Anatomy

Alluri Sitarama Raju Academy of Medical Sciences, Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA.


Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.



Objective: To compare the fingerprint and palm print patterns between female patients with schizophrenia and normal controls. Study design: Cross-sectional study. Material and Methods:  Fifty females with schizophrenia from 16 to 60 years of age and an equal number of age matched normal controls were selected. The fingerprints and palm prints were obtained using standard Ink method. Results: The arches are significantly less in schizophrenic females as compared to their controls (p<0.05). There is higher percentage of frequency of presence of patterns in Th/I1 and hypothenar areas of right hand in schizophrenic females; of which the difference in frequency of Th/I1 area is statistically significant (p<0.05) and low percentage of frequency of presence of patterns in I2, I3 and I4 areas of left hand in schizophrenic females as compared to that of controls; of which, I4 area shows highly significant less presence of patterns in schizophrenic females (p<0.01). There is significant increase in occurrence of ridge dissociation in schizophrenic females for both hands as compared with that of controls (p<0.001). Mean ‘atd’ angle is higher in both palms of schizophrenic females as compared to that of controls (left hand - (p<0.05). Mean ‘a-b’ ridge count in the left hand and mean ‘b-c’ ridge count in right hand are lower in schizophrenic females (p<0.05) compared to their controls. Conclusion: Dermatoglyphic patterns can differentiate the patients and control groups when they are studied in association with clinical features of schizophrenia.