Traumatic nail abnormalities

Michelangeo La Placa, A. Tosti

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The nail plate is frequently affected by traumatisms that can be post-traumatic, occupational or self-induced. Among the self-induced nail disorders a psychiatric counselling must be sometimes considered. These include the "median dystrophy", the "Heller's canaliform dystrophy", the "onychophagy" and the "onychotillomania". The post-traumatic onychodystrophies include traumas of the pterigium, subungual haematomas, "melanonychia striata", "ingrown nail", "pincer nail" and "onychogriphosis". Lastly, there are occupational onychodystrophies, including "onychoschizia" or "brittle nails", "koilonychia", "chronic paronichia" and "onycholysis".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-88
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Cosmetology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Occupational onychodystrophies
  • Post-traumatic onychodystrophies
  • Self-induced nail disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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