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Cleft lip with or without cleft palate and dermatoglyphic asymmetry: evaluation of a Chinese population


Katherine Neiswanger University of Pittsburgh, 317 Salk Hall, 3501 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261–1931, USA Tel.: +1412-648-8384 Fax: +1412-648-8779 E-mail:

Structured Abstract

Authors – Neiswanger K, Cooper ME, Weinberg SM, Flodman P, Bundens Keglovits A, Liu Y, Hu D-N, Melnick M, Spence MA, Marazita ML

Objective – To determine if Chinese individuals with non syndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (CL/P) display more dermatoglyphic asymmetry than unaffected relatives or controls.

Design – Case – control study with two control groups (genetically related and unrelated).

Setting and Sample Population – A total of 500 CL/P probands from Shanghai, China, 421 unaffected relatives, and 66 controls of Chinese heritage.

Methods – Finger and palm prints were collected, and pattern frequencies, total ridge counts (TRC), and atd angles were calculated. Asymmetry scores between right and left hands were defined for each of the three dermatoglyphic measures. Probands' asymmetry scores were compared statistically with the scores of unaffected relatives and controls.

Results – In general, the probands' asymmetry scores for TRC and atd angle did not differ significantly from the scores of either unaffected relatives or controls. However, probands with a positive family history of clefting showed significantly more asymmetry in their pattern types than either probands without a family history, unaffected relatives or controls.

Conclusion – These results suggest that a unique genetic mechanism of developmental instability may obtain in CL/P individuals with a positive family history of clefting.

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