The distribution of hair on the phalanges of a sample population of nigerian yorubas in relation to sex, age and job type

  • A.O Olabiyi
  • A.O Akpantah
  • F.O Oyerinde
  • S.C Gbotolorun
  • M.A Eluwa
  • T.B Ekanem


Five hundred adults aged between 18 – 35 years were used for the study. The aim of this study was to provide a reference document for Nigerians on the distribution of phalangeal hair using a sample population of Yorubas resident in Ilorin and to assess the effect of job type, age and sex hair distribution. With the help of a hand
lens, the pattern and frequency of hair distribution on the proximal, intermediate and distal were randomly chosen from the population. Proximal phalangeal hair was absent in 10 (2%) individuals who were all males. The highest frequency distribution (51%) was found on the 2-3-4-5, digits of proximal phalanges (26% in males and 25%
females) while the least (1%) was the 3-5; 1-2-3-5 digital pattern. It was observed that the frequency of middle phalangeal hair was low (1%). Females had less phalangeal hair. Hair was absent on the distal phalanges Distribution is similar to other populations reported. Age was not a factor in the distribution but individual’s job type and sex had effect on hair distribution. Hence people engaged in wet work should wear gloves.

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