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October 1977

Pterygium Inversum Unguis-like Changes in Scleroderma: Report of Four Cases

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond. Dr Patterson is now at the US Army Hospital, West Point, NY.

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(10):1429-1430. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640100107021

† During an 18-month period, four patients with scleroderma were found to have nail findings suggestive of pterygium inversum unguis, a recently described condition. In the same time period, two other examples of the disorder were seen. Pterygium inversum unguis-like change may represent an additional nail sign in scleroderma. There are possible mechanisms for its development in patients with Raynaud's phenomenon, connective tissue diseases, or peripheral vascular disease.

(Arch Dermatol 113:1429-1430, 1977)

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