A new surgical therapeutic approach to pincer nail deformity

Dermatol Surg. 2001 Jan;27(1):55-7.


Background: Pincer nail deformity (PND) is an important health problem that causes discomfort in daily life. Until now, some surgical and conservative treatment modalities were applied with success. However, there is still no consensus on the common and accepted form of treatment.

Objective: To present a new surgical therapeutic approach to PND.

Methods: Ten patients, four with bilateral and six with unilateral PND, were treated with a new surgical technique which is a combination of chemical matricectomy with phenol and nail bed repair.

Results: No recurrence was observed in any of the patients after 12-16 months follow-up. No serious complication was encountered. The cosmetic improvement was also marked and satisfactory.

Conclusion: This new surgical approach was found to be effective and is presented as an alternative treatment modality for PND.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nails / surgery
  • Nails, Malformed / surgery*
  • Toes*