Hair and nail disorders

David de Berker

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI:

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Hair and nail disorders

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Nails grow continuously throughout life, except after exceptional physiological or traumatic events when they are shed. All other less disruptive influences result in changes in the colour, thickness, texture, and growth of nails and may also affect the periungual tissues. The most common local diseases affecting the nail are psoriasis, fungal nail infections, periungual eczema, and viral warts. Looking at the nails is an important part of the general examination, since changes such as clubbing or splinter haemorrhages can indicate systemic disease....

Chapter.  4618 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dermatology

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