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November 1978

Nail Deformity With Nonunion of Distal Phalanx

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(11):1717. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640230087032

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To the Editor.—  Patients with chronic nail deformities are often seen by a dermatologist for nail repair or removal. As illustrated in the case described below, the deformity can result from a bony abnormality secondary to trauma. In the absence of adequate evaluation, the underlying bony abnormality may be overlooked.

Report of a Case.—  A 9-year-old girl was seen in our Dermatology Clinic for evaluation of a deformed fingernail of the leftFig 1.—Deformed right ring finger with dystrophic nail.

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