Posts Tagged ‘anemia’
In an earlier post the medical significance of nail changes was described. Especially nail color is known for displaying significant features. One of those features is the presence of ‘pale nails’ (a.k.a. nailbed pallor), which can indicate anemia, or the decrease in the number of red blood cells. But palmar skin- & palmar line color may signal the same clue!
Red blood cells take care of carying oxygen to the body’s organs & tissues via the blood stream in the circulary system. Therefore it is important that the body has enough red blood cells. The amount of red blood cells correlates with the amount of hemoglobine in the blood stream.
BODY CHARACTERISTICS IN ANEMIA:
Studies have indicated that various body characteristics can provide significant clues that relate to the presence of anemia, including: the tongue, inner eyelid & the hands!
HAND CHARACTERISTICS & ANEMIA:
Last year (2010) a study from India in 390 anemia patients revealed that a ‘pale tongue’ (tongue pallor) is the most reliable predictor in patients with very low hemaglobine levels. However, in patients with only slightly lower hemaglobine levels ‘pale fingernails’ and ‘pale palms’ revealed to provide more reliable clues than the tongue!
PALE HAND LINES & ANEMIA:
Interestingly, a 2000 study has revealed that ‘pale hand lines’ (palmar crease pallor) was only seen in 4 out of 61 anemia patients, and not seen at all in any of the 42 controls!
Obviously, pallor in adults is a sign for anemia. Obviously, pallor in a clinical sign of anaemia. And the severity correlates with the amount of pinkness of palm. It is graded as mild, moderate and severe.But how about the hands of children?
PALE HANDS IN CHILDREN & ANEMIA:
In the hands of children younger than 2 years palmar pallor, has a sensitivity of 58%, and the highest sensitivity to detect moderate anemia as compared to other anatomic sites. If the palmar creases are pale it indicates severe pallor – a reliable indicator for medical palm reading. The common causes of severe pallor are haemorrhage, haemolysis, aplastic anaemia and shock.
Additionally the Nail Tutor reports that a ‘missing lunula’ is another fingernail characteristic which signals anemia: