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November 1977

Vertical Striated Sandpaper Nails

Author Affiliations

Cannes, France

Toulouse, France

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(11):1613. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640110133038

To the Editor.—  In a general sense, 25 years ago Alkiewicz1 and, recently, Achten and Wanet-Rouard2 described rough nails under the title "Trachyonychie."In a study soon to be published in the Annales de Dermatologie et Syphiligraphie, we report on a number of cases of rough nails that are suggestive of an expression of alopecia areata and bear a clinical similarity to the cases reported by Drs Hazelrigg, Duncan, and Jarratt in their article "Twenty-Nail Dystrophy of Childhood" (Archives 113:73-75, 1977). The descriptive term l'ongle grésé peladique (vertical striated sandpaper nails) is offered (Figure). This entity, observed in both children and adults, may involve all 20 nails.

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