Diagnostic applications of nail clippings

Sasha Stephen, Antonella Tosti, Adam I. Rubin

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"Nail clipping is a simple technique for diagnosis of several nail unit dermatoses. This article summarizes the practical approach, utility, and histologic findings of a nail clipping in evaluation of onychomycosis, nail unit psoriasis, onychomatricoma, subungual hematoma, melanonychia, and nail cosmetics, and the forensic applications of this easily obtained specimen. It reviews important considerations in optimizing specimen collection, processing methods, and efficacy of special stains in several clinical contexts. Readers will develop a greater understanding and ease of application of this indispensable procedure in assessing nail unit dermatoses.".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-301
Number of pages13
JournalDermatologic Clinics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015


  • Melanonychia
  • Nail clipping
  • Nail cosmetics
  • Nail pathology
  • Nail psoriasis
  • Onychomatricoma
  • Onychomycosis
  • Subungual hematoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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