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Natl J Integr Res Med. 2014; 5(6): 16-19

Estimation of Stature from Foot Length and Hand Length Measurements In Gujarat Region

Ritesh K Shah*, Jitendra P Patel**, Bharat G Patel***, Sanjay D Kanani****, Maulik D Patel*****.

Background & objectives: Stature is considered as the height of a person measured in erect position. It is one of the most important factors in establishing identity of a person. In certain medico-legal cases, where only parts or fragments of human body are found. Such a need arises when there is mass casualty. Aim of current study was to establish anthropometric correlation of stature with hand length and foot length in population of Gujarat and also to derive regression equations for correct estimation of stature of male and female in Gujarati population. Material and Method: 150 asymptomatic, apparently healthy, adolescent and adult medical students with age between 18 to 22 years belonging to various regions of Gujarat were selected. Left foot and left hand was selected for measurement. Result: Regression equation for estimation of height using both foot length and hand length were formulated. By using the derived regression equations, height of subjects was calculated and then compared with actual height of subjects. Conclusion: By the present study we conclude that both foot and hand length can be used in estimation of stature of both males and females with fairly accurate results in Gujarati population. [Shah RK NJIRM 2014; 5(6):16-19]

Key words: Foot length, Hand length, Stature, Estimation

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