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Normal values for total hand length, palm length and middle finger length in Malaysian newborns from 34-42 weeks of gestation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10320927     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Early identification of a syndrome at birth is of paramount importance for genetic counselling and possible prevention. Often malformation of the hands and fingers are cardinal manifestations of recognizable syndromes. As there are no published standards for hand and finger size for Malay newborn infants, this study was undertaken to establish normal values for hand, middle finger and palmar lengths, and their indices. A cross-sectional study was done on 509 consecutive newborn Malay babies between 34 and 42 weeks of gestation. Measurements were made on the right hand according to the recommended guidelines of Bergsma & Feingold (1975). The mean values for the measurements did not differ significantly between boys and girls, or change with gestation. For the whole group the mean value for total hand length was 64.4 +/- 3.42 mm, middle finger length 37.1 +/- 2.91 mm, palmar length 27.4 +/- 2.15 mm, finger index 0.425 +/- 0.03 and palmar index 0.58 +/- 0.03. A comparison with published measurements for newborns of different racial origin shows significant differences for the total hand length, middle finger length and palm length from Indian and Jewish infants, but not from Japanese infants. The indices were similar in Malay, Indian, Jewish and Japanese newborn infants.
D Halder; A S Dharap; M Than
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anthropologischer Anzeiger; Bericht über die biologisch-anthropologische Literatur     Volume:  57     ISSN:  0003-5548     ISO Abbreviation:  Anthropol Anz     Publication Date:  1999 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-06-17     Completed Date:  1999-06-17     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372377     Medline TA:  Anthropol Anz     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  69-75     Citation Subset:  IM    
Rostaq Hospital, Sultanate of Oman.
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MeSH Terms
Asian Continental Ancestry Group / genetics
European Continental Ancestry Group / genetics
Fingers / physiology*
Gestational Age*
Hand / physiology*
Infant, Newborn / physiology*
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