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April 1934


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1934;29(4):624-635. doi:10.1001/archderm.1934.01460100142019

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Argyrosis (?) of the Nail Beds. Presented by Dr. Fred Wise.  P. L. S., aged 39, married, mother of three children, is presented because of a bluish discoloration of the proximal portions of the nail beds on the fingers. The nails themselves (as also the toe-nails) are normal in appearance. Physical examination reveals no other abnormalities. The proximal portions of the nail beds on all the fingers show a light blue discoloration extending from the cuticle to half-way up the nail, the distal edge of the discoloration merging gradually with the normal tint of the nail bed. Pressure on the nails causes nearly complete vanishing of the blue tint. The patient states that a bluish tint also occurs on the face, especially about the nose and mouth, and that it becomes more pronounced before and during the menses. The discoloration has been present for three years. The patient used a solution

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