Nigerian Journal of Surgical Research

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Yellow nail syndrome and bronchiectasis

VO Adegboye, JK Ladipo, OA Adebo


The Yellow Nail Syndrome includes slow growing, opaque yellow nails with exaggerated lateral curvature, associated with lymphoedema and chronic respiratory disorders. The nail changes may precede the lymphoedema by a number of years. Bronchiectasis may be the only chronic respiratory disorder; others include chronic bronchitis, pleural effusions and chronic sinusitis. Two illustrative cases show the combinations of some of these clinical features in two black Africans.

Key words: Yellow nail, bronchiectasis

Nig. J. of Surgical Research Vol.4(3-4) 2002: 115-118
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