Nail Changes in Recent and Old Leprosy Patients

José M. Ramos,1 Francisco Reyes,2 Isabel Belinchón3

1. Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital General Universitario de Alicante, Alicante, Spain; Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Miguel Hernández University, Spain; Medical-coordinator, Gambo General Rural Hospital, Ethiopia
2. Medical Director, Gambo General Rural Hospital, Ethiopia
3. Department of Dermatology, Hospital General Universitario de Alicante, Alicante, Spain; Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Miguel Hernández University, Spain

Disclosure: No potential conflict of interest.
Received: 27.09.13 Accepted: 21.10.13
Citation: EMJ Dermatol. 2013;1:44-52.

Abstract

Nails are elements of skin that can often be omitted from the dermatological assessment of leprosy. However, there are common nail conditions that require special management. This article considers nail presentations in leprosy patients. General and specific conditions will be discussed. It also considers the common nail conditions seen in leprosy patients and provides a guide to diagnosis and management.

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