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Question re: subungual verruca

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by Bustar, Jun 21, 2005.

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  1. Bustar

    Bustar Welcome New Poster


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    Hi all,
    I suspect one of my clients has a subungal verruca. There is now pain with pressure on the thickened nail as well as evidence of increased vasculature. Can anyone suggest ways of ruling out differential diagnoses?
    Also, are there any suggestions as to the most effective treatment method?

    Cheers.
     
  2. summer

    summer Active Member

    subungual verrucae

    I have had several patients over the years with suspicious sunungual lesions. I can only tell you that a few of them were malignant melanoma. This is more frequently being seen particularly in warmer sunny climates.

    BIOPSY this ASAP.
     
  3. John Spina

    John Spina Active Member

    Do a nail biopsy on this person.This could be a hematoma,as well(of course R/O malignant melanoma).
     
  4. summer

    summer Active Member

    With regards to subungual malignant melanoma...although it is relatively rare, it does indeed exist. Best advice.....if you are not totally sure, biopsy it!
     
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