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December 1972

Dermatoglyphics in Distal Phalangeal Hypoplasia

Author Affiliations

Dayton, Ohio
From Children's Medical Center, Dayton, Ohio.

Am J Dis Child. 1972;124(6):860-863. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110180062008

There is a close relationship between distal phalangeal hypoplasia and a high incidence of arches in fingerprints and toeprints. A hypothesis is offered that the hypoplastic phalangeal skeleton was associated with underdevelopment of the digital pads at the time the dermal ridges were laid down.

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