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Inherited Disorders and Birth Defects

Lines on Palms

01/30/2009

Question:

My daughter has 3 lines on one palm and 2 on another palm. She is normal in her milestones and growth. What does this indicate?

Answer:

This is a normal variant. The creases on the palms of the hands can be variable. For example, having only 1 crease or line across the palm is seen in about 4% of the general population. While having 3 creases - 2 across the palm and 1 that goes down toward the wrist is often the most common pattern, there can be many different variations.

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Response by:

Anne   Matthews, RN, PhD Anne Matthews, RN, PhD
Associate Professor of Genetics
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University