To the Editor.—
In July 1972, Coskey et al reported four cases of Bowen disease of the nail bed.1 Only one other instance of this condition in the nail bed was previously reported in the world's literature.2The purpose of this letter is to report an example of this disease and to point out the necessity for histologic examination of any suspicious lesion in this location.
Report of a Case
A 45-year-old white male truck driver was first seen in the Dermatology Clinic, Veterans Administration Hospital, Allen Park, Mich, on Oct 6, 1970. Five years previously, he had noted an "ingrown nail" on the medial aspect of the left index finger. Iodine tincture, rubbing alcohol, and ichthammol were applied; however, there was progressive loss of the nail plate and ulceration. He first consulted a physician after the lesion had been present for
Dieteman DF. Bowen Disease of the Nail Bed. Arch Dermatol. 1973;108(4):577-578. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620250057021