The Nail in Dermatological Disease

Cutaneous disease may present with nail findings

Mark Holzberg

2012

Scholarcy highlights

  • Cutaneous disease may present with nail findings
  • Clinical examination of the nails may help in the diagnosis of skin disease elsewhere, especially in psoriasis, lichen planus and alopecia areata
  • The clinical appearance of the nail change varies depending on the anatomical site within the nail unit affected – the nail fold, matrix, nail bed, hyponychium or nail plate
  • Knowledge of the patterns of presentation can help the clinician differentiate between similar nail changes in other cutaneous disease, infections, tumors and in systemic disease
  • Knowledge of different treatment modalities for these nail unit diseases is important for appropriate resolution of these conditions, especially when scarring might be the outcome
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