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May 1980

Twenty-Nail Dystrophy of Alopecia Areata

Author Affiliations


From the Dermatology Service, Department of Medicine, Letterman Army Medical Center, Presidio of San Francisco.

Arch Dermatol. 1980;116(5):573-574. doi:10.1001/archderm.1980.01640290083019

• We describe here a patient with dystrophy of all 20 nails, which has persisted for five years after the resolution of alopecia areata. We feel that the term "20-nail dystrophy" is best used to describe a clinical entity that can have several causes.

(Arch Dermatol 116:573-574, 1980)