Determination of Sex From Adult Clavicle – An Autopsy based Regional Study
Keywords:clavicle, sex determination, midclavicular circumference, Robustness index and autopsy.
Background: Studies on “identification of the sex from clavicle bone alone” are carried out by various
workers all over the world.But, it is well known fact that the racial and geographical differences exist in
the metrical measurement of all the bones including clavicles, as the determination of sex is a population
specific phenomenon. Matrials and Methode : This study was conducted on100 male clavicles and 100
female clavicles collected from identified corpses brought for medicolegal autopsy at Department of Forensic
Medicine Govt. Medical College Calicut. Measured the various parameters and compared with previous
studies. RESULTS :In the present study, the length , midclavicular circumference and weight of male
clavicles weres more than female clavicles. The female clavicle has its length around 86% of male clavicle
and mean MCC around 83% of the male clavicles.. Robustness index also calculated, mean robustness
index was 23.11, and could identify only 76 % males and 64% females by this. CONCLUSION:In order to
establish the anthropometric standards, and for the evaluation of the same from time to time, the continuance
of such studies in defined geographical areas over a particular period of time is needed.
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