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May 1954

NEW YORK ACADEMY OF MEDICINE, SECTION OF DERMATOLOGY AND SYPHILOLOGY

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1954;69(5):627-630. doi:10.1001/archderm.1954.01540170097022

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Abstract

Scleronychia (Contractures of Nail Beds): New Pathological Entity? Presented by Dr. Irving M. Fishman (by invitation) and Dr. Ida Mintzer.

Mrs. G. K., a 47-year-old white woman was first seen at Queens General Hospital, Oct. 13, 1953. One and a half years ago, longitudinal contractions of the nail beds of the fingers and toes began slowly to appear, affecting one nail and then another. There was no illness preceding this condition. The involved fingertips become painful due to pinching effect just before complete contracture develops, and then, as at the onset, they become painless and remain permanently contracted.

The patient has been edentulous for five years.

Laboratory examinations, including mycologic studies, urinalysis, blood studies, blood pressure, and x-ray examination of the chest, gave normal results.

X-ray examination of the hands and feet, Oct. 16, 1953, was reported as follows: "The tufts of the foot, especially the left foot, along with

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