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January 19, 1979

Cancer of the Nail Bed

Author Affiliations

Cincinnati General Hospital Cincinnati

JAMA. 1979;241(3):239. doi:10.1001/jama.1979.03290290013009

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To the Editor.—  The article by Long and Espiniella was intriguing, as I was unaware of the scarcity of cases in the world literature. I would like to present a brief summary of a similar case of a 74-year-old man with squamous cell carcinoma of the nail bed of his right fourth finger.His history dates back for 25 years over which he had had problems with a chronic ingrown nail and infection. It was finally biopsied and proved to be squamous cell carcinoma. There was associated inflammation and tendonitis of the hand. The patient's finger was treated with radiation therapy for an equivalent of 6,000 rads. The tumor recurred locally. After this, the distal phalanx of the finger was amputated, and the patient continues to do well almost three years after his original diagnosis.