Pervez Iqbal, Abdul Ghani Korai, Mudaser Hussain Abbasi, Rana Muhammad Akhtar, Tufail Ahmed Soomro, Rizwan Ahmed, Muhammad Hammad, Haroon Habib.
Dermatoglyphics Pattern in Hypertensive Patients.
Pak J Med Health Sci Jan ;6(4):962-5.

Objective: To determine the variation of Dermatoglyphics pattern in Hypertensive patients and to support the evidence of court of law regarding identification of persons. Study design: Observational Descriptive study Place and duration of study: Study was conducted at Avicenna Medical College, Lahore and data were collected from the Punjab Institute of Cardiology, Lahore from April 2012 to June 2012 Materials and methods: Finger prints were collected from the subjects after obtaining their informed consent from month of April 2012 to June 2012. A total of 100 diagnosed patients were selected from the OPD of Punjab Institute of Cardiology and data were analyzed at Avicenna Medical College Lahore. Finger prints were recorded on a plain white paper with a stamp pad by plain and rolled method and each finger print was assigned by their Name, Age, Sex, and Blood groups recorded on the Proforma. Ethical clearance and permission was obtained from the institutional Ethical Committee of Avicenna Medical College, Lahore and Medical Superintendent of Punjab Institute of Cardiology. Results: The majority of the patients were belonging to whorl pattern of finger prints i.e., Sixty seven (67%) where as the number of patients belonging to loop pattern was twenty eight (28%) and pattern of composite was five (5%) only and no any patient of arch pattern was found. Conclusion: Each fingerprint is unique hence it can be very effectively used as an evidence for identification in the court of law. Majority of the patients were belonging to whorl pattern of finger prints followed by patients belonging to Loop pattern and the least pattern was composite.

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