Diagnostic value of fingerprint patterns: An explorative study on beta-thalassemia diagnosis

Rapid diagnosis of major β thalassemia along with certain preventive measures is of utmost significance. The present study aims to compare the fingerprints in Major β thalassemic patients (67) and in their parents (76 with minor thalassemia) with the normal fingerprints of control group (144). A forensic medical examiner determined fingerprint types of arch, loop, whorl and other types. Like normal individuals, loop fingerprint pattern was found to be the most common fingerprint type among thalassemic patients. However, the number of whorl fingerprints in all fingers in thalassemic patients was greater than that of normal individuals and the number of loop fingerprints was smaller (p<0.05).


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