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December 1972

Dermatoglyphics and Syndromes

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medical Genetics, Montreal Children's Hospital, and the Department of Biology, McGill University, Montreal.

Am J Dis Child. 1972;124(6):933-943. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110180135022

There are a number of dermatoglyphic patterns that occur more frequently in certain syndromes than in the general population. The relative frequencies of various dermatoglyphic features have been reviewed for nine chromosomal disorders, three single-gene defects, three syndromes of unknown cause, and one caused by an environmental teratogen. The data are presented in a form that may aid the clinician in arriving at a diagnosis.