Onychotillomania: An underrecognized disorder

Evan A. Rieder, Antonella Tosti

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Abstract

Onychotillomania is an uncommon and likely underreported condition in which patients repetitively manipulate the different constituents of the nail unit. Onychotillomania is characterized by a range of nonspecific findings, including bizarre morphology of the nail plate and damage to the nail bed and periungual skin. Histopathological changes are also nonspecific, but may be viewed as analogous to lichen simplex chronicus and prurigo nodularis of the skin. Clinical history is essential to making this diagnosis, as effective treatment modalities may focus on behavioral therapies and psychiatric medications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1245-1250
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume75
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

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Keywords

  • habit tic deformity
  • nail diseases
  • nail-picking disorder
  • nails
  • onychotillomania
  • onychotillophagia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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