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September 2006


This article has been peer reviewed. It is the authors' final version prior to publication in The Journal of Hand Surgery 31(9):1546-1548, 2006. The published version is available at . Copyright © 2006 by American Society for Surgery of the Hand, published by Elsevier Inc.


A 53 year old woman presented to the office with complaint of severe bilateral thumb nail pain and the deformity shown (Figure 1). She denied previous trauma to her thumb nails and had no history of previous bacterial or fungal infections of her nails. Based on the curvature of her nails, which increased from proximal to distal, a diagnosis of bilateral thumb pincer nail deformity was made.

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