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Hair and nail disorders 

Hair and nail disorders
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Hair and nail disorders
Author(s):

David de Berker

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.2313

November 28, 2013: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 17 October 2017

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....

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