Nails in systemic disease

Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. Nov-Dec 2011;77(6):646-51. doi: 10.4103/0378-6323.86472.


Nail abnormalities secondary to systemic disease could be classified as nail abnormalities associated with systemic disease, disease of specific organ system or associated with syndromes and genodermatoses. Because nail findings are easily observable and yield valuable information, careful examination of nails could be an important diagnostic tool for a dermatologist. A brief review of the common and not so common nail changes in systemic illness is presented.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Nail Diseases / diagnosis
  • Nail Diseases / etiology*
  • Nails, Malformed / diagnosis
  • Nails, Malformed / etiology*