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Dermatoglyphics as a possible morphological biomarker in myopia: Analysis of finger ridge counts and fluctuating asymmetry

Ljiljana Sretić, Nenad Labus, Tatjana Filipović, Milan Filipović
DOI: 10.5603/FM.a2018.0076
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Pubmed: 30155875

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Ahead of Print
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Published online: 2018-08-24
Submitted: 2018-06-11
Accepted: 2018-07-11

Abstract

Background: The aim of this study is to provide the first analysis of finger ridge counts and fluctuating asymmetry in myopia, in order to evaluate dermatoglyphic role as a morphological biomarker.

Materials and methods: Study sample consisted of 102 participants recruited from freshman students population of the University of  Priština-Kosovska Mitrovica. Prints were taken by standard ink and paper method. Differences in mean ridge counts between examined groups were analyzed by ANOVA analysis of variance. Fluctuating asymmetry assessment was performed by using correlation method (p<0.05).

Results: Analysis has identified myopic males as the group with the most prominent differences of examined dermatoglyphic parameters. Myopic males, compared to controls,  have significantly higher ridge counts for left and right ring and little finger, as well as total ridge count. Also, this group has recorded significant difference in fluctuating asymmetry correlation score for middle finger, and borderline significance for thumb and ring finger. 

Conclusions: Overall findings of this  study  have indicated that dermatoglyphics might  serve as a morphological biomarker, especially  in myopic males, selecting  them as the group with dermatoglyphic differences that might be suggestive of higher developmental instability. Although promising, the present results should be considered as preliminary until future investigations replicate them in a larger sample.

Abstract

Background: The aim of this study is to provide the first analysis of finger ridge counts and fluctuating asymmetry in myopia, in order to evaluate dermatoglyphic role as a morphological biomarker.

Materials and methods: Study sample consisted of 102 participants recruited from freshman students population of the University of  Priština-Kosovska Mitrovica. Prints were taken by standard ink and paper method. Differences in mean ridge counts between examined groups were analyzed by ANOVA analysis of variance. Fluctuating asymmetry assessment was performed by using correlation method (p<0.05).

Results: Analysis has identified myopic males as the group with the most prominent differences of examined dermatoglyphic parameters. Myopic males, compared to controls,  have significantly higher ridge counts for left and right ring and little finger, as well as total ridge count. Also, this group has recorded significant difference in fluctuating asymmetry correlation score for middle finger, and borderline significance for thumb and ring finger. 

Conclusions: Overall findings of this  study  have indicated that dermatoglyphics might  serve as a morphological biomarker, especially  in myopic males, selecting  them as the group with dermatoglyphic differences that might be suggestive of higher developmental instability. Although promising, the present results should be considered as preliminary until future investigations replicate them in a larger sample.

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Keywords

dermatoglyphics, myopia, fluctuating asymmetry, developmental instability

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Title

Dermatoglyphics as a possible morphological biomarker in myopia: Analysis of finger ridge counts and fluctuating asymmetry

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Ahead of Print

Published online

2018-08-24

DOI

10.5603/FM.a2018.0076

Pubmed

30155875

Keywords

dermatoglyphics
myopia
fluctuating asymmetry
developmental instability

Authors

Ljiljana Sretić
Nenad Labus
Tatjana Filipović
Milan Filipović

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