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Darier's disease, an unusual problem and solution

Lookup NU author(s): Andrew Sprowson, Malcolm Black


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A 46-year-old woman with Darier's disease was referred suffering from severe nail involvement. The patient suffered constant nail infections and an intolerable cycle of progressively more deformity. On examination the patient's nails and nail folds were badly deformed. Initially, as a test, a procedure was undertaken on the thumb alone. The operation was performed under tourniquet control with a digital nerve block. An eponychial flap was raised and nail complex excised. A full thickness skin graft was obtained from the groin. This was sutured into place with the proximal border of graft tucked under the eponychial fold. The results were excellent both surgically and cosmetically. Subsequently, procedures were performed on the remaining nine digits. Darier's disease is extremely variable in its degree of nail involvement. This case highlights a surgical intervention that may help people with intractable associated nail disease.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Sprowson AP, Jeffery SLA, Black MJM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Hand Surgery: European Volume

Year: 2004

Volume: 29B

Issue: 3

Pages: 293-295

ISSN (print): 1753-1934

ISSN (electronic): 2043-6289

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1016/j.jhsb.2003.12.005


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