[Nailfold capillaroscopy in normal children between 0 and 16 years of age]

Minerva Pediatr. 1997 May;49(5):197-201.
[Article in Italian]


Background: Nailfold capillaroscopy is a technique used in childhood and adults for morpho-functional study of peripheral microcirculation. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the evolution of the microcirculation.

Methods: Nailfold capillaroscopy was performed in eighty-six healthy children (48 boys and 38 girls) aged 5 months to 16 years. All the subjects were divided into 5 groups for age.

Results: A progressive morphological and dynamic development of peripheral microcirculation in the early years of life was observed.

Conclusions: Therefore, nailfold capillaroscopy is a simple, noninvasive, easily repetitive method which allows to observe the physiological development and a possible pathology of naifold capillaries.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Microcirculation
  • Nails / blood supply*