Paclitaxel is a chemotherapic agent of the taxane family used in treatment of malignant solid tumory. We report here the case of a 40-year old woman referred to our clinic for nail changes involving all 20 digits and developed after 5 months of paclitaxel intake, due to a breast carcinoma. Clinical examination revealed red-brown discoloration of the nails associated with hematomas and onycholysis. The nail changes were very painful and the patient complained of discharge of bad-smelling yellow brown opaque fluid from underneath the nail plate. Hemorrhagic onycholysis and subungual abscesses are a possible side effect of taxane treatment that should be early recognized to prevent serious complications.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology|
|State||Published - Jul 1 2003|
- Chemotherapeutic agents
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Infectious Diseases