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MENDONCA, Ignez Regina dos Santos Muri et al. Nail apparatus melanoma. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2004, vol.79, n.5, pp. 575-580. ISSN 1806-4841. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962004000500008.
Nail apparatus melanoma is a rare presentation of melanoma and may be misdiagnosed as junctional nevus, subungual hematoma or onychomycosis. This fact often leads initially to inappropriate treatment and significant delays in appropriately managing such an aggressive disease. The authors report a case of melanoma on the left thumb of a black patient evolving for a year. Emphasis was placed on the importance of assessing certain clinical characteristics in order to reach an early diagnosis.
Keywords : nail diseases; melanoma; neoplasms.