Friday, December 28, 2012

OTHER SPECTRUM OF THE ISSUE, DON'T GO TO DEFICIENCIES

Nail changes can be a clue in diagnosing some vitamin deficiencies, as in this patient's nail beading. Beads that seem to drip down the nail like wax are associated with vitamin B deficiencies and some endocrine conditions (eg. diabetes mellitus, thyroid disorders and Addison disease). Brown-gray nails may be associated with vitamin B12 deficiency. A central nail ridge may be caused by iron deficiency, folic acid deficiency, or protein deficiency. Koilonychia (spoon nail) is associated with iron deficiency and protein deficiency (especially sulfur-containing amino acids, such as cysteine or methionine).[4]

FROM MEDSCAPE 
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