Onycholysis an early indicator of thyroid disease

  • Malumani Malan Department of Dermatology and Venereology at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University PR China; Livingstone Central Hospital, Southern Zambia
  • Zhe Dai Department of Endocrinology at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University Hubei, China
  • Wu Jianbo Dermatology and Venereology at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University Hubei, China
  • Song Ji Quan Dermatology and Venereology at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University Hubei, China
Keywords: Onycholysis; plummer´s nails; thyroid disease; hypothyroidism; hyperthyroidism; Graves´ disease

Abstract

Onycholysis is also referred to plummer's nails is a dermatological nail disorder characterized by spontaneous distal separation of the nail plate from the free margin and progressively proximally. We discuss a case of the 38-year-old man with onycholysis associated with hyperthyroidism due to Graves' disease. In this case review, we will discuss an association of onycholysis with thyroid disease and its diagnostic prognosis. Any unexplained onycholysis should prompt the clinician to investigate the client for asymptomatic hyperthyroidism.

Published
2019-01-17
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