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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2006 Dec;55(6):1081-4. Epub 2006 Sep 6.

Treatment of transverse overcurvature of the nail with a plastic device: measurement of response.

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Dermatologic Clinic, Hospital do Servidor Público Municipal de São Paulo-Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil. ndichia@terra.com.br

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Transverse overcurvature of the nail is a painful condition that has been treated by conservative and/or surgical methods.

OBJECTIVES:

We sought to evaluate the efficacy of a plastic device for treatment of transverse overcurvature of the nail and to use a practical method (plaster mold) to evaluate follow-up of nail widening during and after treatment.

METHODS:

Twenty-five patients with transverse overcurvature of the nail were treated with placement of a plastic device. Pain assessment was done on a monthly basis. Nail improvement was evaluated through photographs and measurement of widening by plaster molds.

RESULTS:

Relief of pain could be determined in almost 100% of the cases in a 3-month period. Widening of overcurvature of the nail occurred in all cases. The plaster mold allowed a practical measurement of improvement in nail shape.

CONCLUSION:

The plastic device is an effective, safe, noninvasive, and inexpensive treatment option for overcurved nails. The plaster mold is a practical method to evaluate improvement in nail shape.

PMID:
17097403
DOI:
10.1016/j.jaad.2006.05.045
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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