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Transverse lines of the fingernails. (A) Beau's lines (arrows) of the thumbnail. (B) Mees' lines (arrowheads) of the thumbnail.

Transverse Lines of the Nails

Four distinct, transverse, depressed lines (Figure, A) developed on the fingernails of a 73-year-old man with castration-resistant prostate cancer after 4 cycles of docetaxel-based chemotherapy; the lines were parallel and evenly spaced (Beau’s lines). Three transverse white bands (Figure, B) appeared on the fingernails of a 62-year-old woman with recurrent metastatic soft tissue sarcoma after […]

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Azure lunula, blue discoloration of nails.

Silver-Containing Wound Cream Leading to Argyria—Always Ask About Alternative Health Products

Currently, patients are increasingly gaining access to medications and nutritional supplements via the Internet from companies that are not subject to any regulations that protect consumers, such as US Food and Drug Administration standards for safety, efficacy, and current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) manufacturing to ensure quality. In particular, patients who are disappointed by slow […]

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Terry’s Nails: A Window to Systemic Diseases

Despite the enormous involvement of imaging tools in medicine, a focused physical examination still plays a pivotal role in all medical fields. During and after taking history, a detailed inspection and examination of the patient will direct to further key diagnostic tools. A wealth of information can be gained from shaking hands and examining the […]

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Nailing the Diagnosis!

Physical examination plays a crucial role in patient evaluation by confirming the hypotheses during history taking, suggesting new clues, and directing investigations. We describe how the recognition of a nail abnormality led us to the recognition of the cause of long-standing lymphedema and pleural effusion. Clinical Summary A 41-year-old male farmer presented with dyspnea and […]

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