Nonspecificity of Ear-Crease Sign in Coronary-Artery Disease

Stephen J. Haines, Edgar Lichstein

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To the Editor: The Journal has once again published anecdotal retrospective information perpetuating the myth of the diagonal earlobe crease as a useful diagnostic sign of coronary-artery disease.1 Further consideration of the data presented by Lichstein et al.2 leads me to question the usefulness of this finding as a predictor of the disease. Using the method described by Schwartz et al.,3 we may calculate the percentage of false-positive findings for this sign. On the basis of data from the National Center for Health Statistics,4 we estimate that 5 per cent of the adult population has coronary-artery disease. Thus, from. No extract is available for articles shorter than 400 words.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 24 1977


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