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January 1939


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pathology, City Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1939;38(1):107-112. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1939.01200070110007

Neoplasm arising from the nail is one of the rarest manifestations of malignant disease. A careful search of the literature reveals only 17 proved cases and 1 probable case. Carcinoma of the nail develops, according to Pardo-Castello,1 from the epithelium of the bed, the matrix or the nail grooves and is usually of the prickle cell type. An additional case is here reported.

REPORT OF CASE  A white man aged 65 came to the outpatient department of the City Hospital on May 25, 1936, complaining of pain in the left great toe. The nail along the mesial side resembled an ingrowing nail and was treated accordingly but failed to improve. Three weeks later part of the nail was removed, and a warty growth beneath it was revealed. Eleven days later, block anesthesia being employed, the mass was further exposed and apparently entirely removed. The tissue was not submitted for

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