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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 71  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 386-392

Nail changes and disorders among the elderly

Gurcharan Singh, Nayeem Sadath Haneef, Uday A 
 Department of Dermatology and STD, Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College, Tamaka, Kolar, India

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Gurcharan Singh
108 A, Jal Vayu Vihar, Kammanhalli, Bangalore-560043

Nail disorders are frequent among the geriatric population. This is due in part to the impaired circulation and in particular, susceptibility of the senile nail to fungal infections, faulty biomechanics, neoplasms, concurrent dermatological or systemic diseases, and related treatments. With aging, the rate of growth, color, contour, surface, thickness, chemical composition and histology of the nail unit change. Age associated disorders include brittle nails, trachyonychia, onychauxis, pachyonychia, onychogryphosis, onychophosis, onychoclavus, onychocryptosis, onycholysis, infections, infestations, splinter hemorrhages, subungual hematoma, subungual exostosis and malignancies. Awareness of the symptoms, signs and treatment options for these changes and disorders will enable us to assess and manage the conditions involving the nails of this large and growing segment of the population in a better way.

How to cite this article:
Singh G, Haneef NS, Uday. Nail changes and disorders among the elderly.Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2005;71:386-392

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Singh G, Haneef NS, Uday. Nail changes and disorders among the elderly. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol [serial online] 2005 [cited 2020 Nov 29 ];71:386-392
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