Dermatology Book


Muehrcke Line

Aka: Muehrcke Line, Muehrcke's Line
  1. See Also
    1. Fingernail
    2. Nail Abnormality
  2. Pathophysiology
    1. Abnormality of vascular nail bed
  3. Causes
    1. Hypoalbuminemia (<2g/dl)
    2. Nephrotic Syndrome
    3. Cirrhosis
    4. Malnutrition
  4. Signs: Transverse Linear Nail Lesion
    1. Parallel, narrow horizontal (transverse) white lines at nail bed
    2. Lines do not move with Nail Growth (involves nail bed, not the nail plate)
    3. Lines disappear when nail plate is depressed
    4. Lines resolve with treatment of hypoalbuminemia (if that was the underlying cause)
  5. Differential Diagnosis
    1. Mees' Lines (move with Nail Growth)
  6. Reference
    1. Muehrcke (1956) BMJ, 1:1327 [PubMed]
    2. Tully (2012) Am Fam Physician 85(8): 779-87 [PubMed]

Muehrcke's lines (C0263535)

Concepts Disease or Syndrome (T047)
SnomedCT 1134001
English Muehrcke lines, Muehrcke's lines, Muehrcke's lines (disorder)
Spanish líneas de Muehrcke (trastorno), líneas de Muehrcke
Derived from the NIH UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)

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