Dermatology Book


Vertical Nail Bands

Aka: Vertical Nail Bands, Longitudinal Melanonychia, Longitudinal Brown Stripes in Nail
  1. See Also
    1. Nail Longitudinal Band
  2. Epidemiology
    1. Normal variant in 90% of black patients
    2. Uncommon in lighter skinned patients
  3. Signs
    1. Hyperpigmented longitudinal band
    2. May involve entire length of nail and affect one or multiple nails
  4. Differential Diagnosis
    1. See Melanonychia
    2. See Nail Longitudinal Band
    3. Subungual Melanoma (50% of Melanomas in dark skinned patients)
      1. Critical to distinguish from the benign Vertical Nail Bands
  5. Evaluation
    1. Biopsy suspicious Longitudinal Melanonychia
  6. References
    1. Tully (2012) Am Fam Physician 85(8): 779-87 [PubMed]

Longitudinal brown stripes in nails (C0423825)

Concepts Finding (T033)
SnomedCT 247506000
English Longitud brown stripes in nail, Longitudinal brown stripes in nails, Longitudinal brown stripes in nails (finding)
Spanish estrías ungueales marrones longitudinales (hallazgo), estrías ungueales marrones longitudinales
Derived from the NIH UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)

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