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Dermatol Surg. 2001 Jan;27(1):41-3.

Pincer nails: a new surgical treatment.

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Department of Dermatology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands. l.plusje@wxs.nl

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Pincer nails are a kind of nail deformity characterized by a transverse overcurvature of the nail that increases along the longitudinal axis. Alteration of the shape of the underlying distal phalanx due to osteophyte formation at the apex may be a cause of pincer nails. This causes widening of the proximal matrix and as a result secondary torque in the distal nail plate leading to the typical appearance. Apart from conservative treatment, several surgical techniques have been proposed in the past.

METHODS:

This article presents a new surgical approach in the treatment of recalcitrant pincer nails which has several distinct advantages over other methods.

RESULTS:

Long-term results in six patients are presented.

PMID:
11231241
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