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July 17, 1915

PARONYCHIA: A SIMPLE METHOD OF TREATMENT: AN ANALYSIS OF THREE HUNDRED CASES

Author Affiliations

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; NEW YORK

From the outpatient department of the Surgical Clinic, Beth Israel Hospital.

JAMA. 1915;LXV(3):234-235. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580030026010
Abstract

Although paronychia is only a minor ailment, nevertheless, it is attended by pain entirely out of proportion to the comparative extent of the disease. Though many methods in use for the treatment of this condition relieve the patients of pain, the treatment is as a rule prolonged and tedious, and the result in most cases is a disfigurement of the nail and cuticle.

The method which we have used in a series of 300 cases not only relieves the pain, but also shortens the course, restores the parts to the normal and always eliminates disfigurement.

Modern textbooks of surgery fail in most instances to give detailed directions for the treatment of paronychia. The time-honored method of splitting the nail longitudinally with a pair of scissors, under local or general anesthesia, and its removal by everting the halves with an artery clamp is still in vogue.

Another method consists in making

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