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Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology
Year : 2019, Volume : 13, Issue : 1
First page : ( 172) Last page : ( 176)
Print ISSN : 0973-9122. Online ISSN : 0973-9130.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0973-9130.2019.00035.5

Determination of Stature from Hand Length in Adults: A Regional Study in Chennai

Venkatachalam K S M1,*, Srinivasaragavan N2, Felix A John William3

1Reader & Head in-charge, Department of Forensic Medicine, Rajah Muthiah Medical College, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamilnadu, India

2Professor & Head, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, ESIC Medical College & PGIMSR, KK Nagar, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

3Reader, Department of Community Medicine, Rajah Muthiah Medical College, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamilnadu, India

*Corresponding author: K.S.M. Venkatachalam Reader, Department of Forensic Medicine, Rajah Muthiah Medical College, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamilnadu. Email: venkatachalamksm@gmail.com

Online published on 8 February, 2019.

Abstract

Introduction

Estimation of stature from dismembered body parts assumes great significance and interest in the field of forensic medicine. Stature can be determined using the measurements of different body parts. Hand anthropometry is found to yield good predictive information about an individual's stature. The aim of the present study was to formulate regression equations from hand length for stature estimation of both sexes in Chennai region.

Materials and methods

In this cross sectional study, 619 subjects of both sexes with age ranging from 18 to 59 years of Chennai region were studied for stature and its relevance with that of hand length. Simple regression equations were derived by using two parameters-right hand length (RHL) and left hand length (LHL)-for estimation of stature of an individual for either sex separately.

Findings

In the present study we found a significant (p<0.01) positive correlation between stature and hand length in both sexes. Stature estimation was relatively more accurate in males compared to females.

Conclusion

The present study gives statistically significant positive correlation between stature and hand length. Stature can be successfully and accurately determined in this regional population by applying these regression equations.

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Keywords

Stature, Hand length, Regression equations, Forensic anthropometry.

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