Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
On-line version ISSN 1806-4841
FILLUS NETO, José and TCHORNOBAY, Ana Maria. How the Nail clipping helps the dermatologist. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2009, vol.84, n.2, pp.173-176. ISSN 1806-4841. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962009000200010.
Onycodystrophies are common problems in dermatologic practice. About 50% of dystrophic nails have a fungal cause, so it is very important to establish a correct diagnosis before treatment. In this article we relate the usefulness of an easydoing exam, free from pain, cheap and sensible. This exam is the histopathology of the nail keratin or nail clipping.
Keywords : Nail diseases; Nail diseases [diagnosis]; Onychomycosis; Onychomycosis [diagnosis]; Onychomycosis [pathology].