Phenol alcohol technique for permanent matricectomy

Arch Dermatol. 1984 Mar;120(3):348-50.


A simple technique for partial or complete destruction of the nail matrix with the use of phenol alcohol is outlined. A retrospective analysis of 30 random patients suggests that it has a low morbidity, is easy to perform, and has a high success rate. Therefore, it offers an excellent option to cold steel surgery, especially for the nonsurgically oriented dermatologist.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Adult
  • Alcohols / administration & dosage*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Nails, Ingrown / surgery
  • Nails, Ingrown / therapy*
  • Phenols / administration & dosage*
  • Recurrence
  • Retrospective Studies


  • Alcohols
  • Phenols