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March 1984

Phenol Alcohol Technique for Permanent Matricectomy

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Chemosurgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC (Dr Siegle); Ann Arbor (Mich) Foot Clinic (Dr Harkness); and the Department of Dermatology, the University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor (Dr Swanson).

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(3):348-350. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650390070014

• A simple technique for partial or complete destruction of the nail matrix with the use of phenol alcohol is outlined. A retrospective analysis of 30 random patients suggests that it has a low morbidity, is easy to perform, and has a high success rate. Therefore, it offers an excellent option to cold steel surgery, especially for the nonsurgically oriented dermatologist.

(Arch Dermatol 1984;120:348-350)