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Indian Heart J. 1989 Mar-Apr;41(2):86-91.

Ear-lobe crease and ear-canal hair as predictors of coronary artery disease in Indian population.


215 patients of different communities were selected randomly to predict the correlation between the ear-lobe crease, ear-canal hair and coronary artery disease. On analysis, it was found that prevalence of the ear-lobe crease increases with advancing age, and the incidence was much more higher in Sindhis in whom the overall incidence of CAD is also significantly high. Bilateral diagonal ear-lobe crease was found to be significantly (P less than 0.001) associated in patients with documented CAD, and a significant difference was also observed between men with and without CAD in the presence of ear-canal hair with age matched group. The combined presence of ear-lobe crease and ear-canal hair was more definite and more sensitive index of underlying CAD.

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