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April 1983

Chemotherapy-Induced Transverse White Lines in the Fingernails

Author Affiliations


From the Dermatology Service, Department of Medicine, Keller Army Hospital, West Point, NY (Dr James); and the Dermatology Service, Department of Medicine, Letterman Army Medical Center, Presidio of San Francisco (Dr Odom).

Arch Dermatol. 1983;119(4):334-335. doi:10.1001/archderm.1983.01650280062018

† White horizontal bands in all ten fingernails developed in a 75-year-old woman while she was being treated with combination chemotherapy for histiocytic lymphoma. A review of the nail changes observed in patients receiving chemotherapy is discussed. Transverse white lines should be included as an unusual side effect of combination chemotherapy.

(Arch Dermatol 1983;119:334-335)

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