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What Do You See? No. 16

Hook Nail Deformity

Note how the nail curves around this workman’s ring and little fingertips, illustrating a hook nail deformity. Following amputation of the tip of the finger/s, the nail bed loses its distal support and the nail grows downward around the tip of the finger. Surgical reconstruction may be necessary if the curved nail impedes function, but the best advice for a patient is to keep the nail trimmed extremely short.

Hook Nail Deformity



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