Common nail changes and disorders in older people: Diagnosis and management Full Text
Canadian Family Physician, 02/17/2011
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Abdullah L et al. – Older people are at an increased risk of nail alterations, including normal age–related changes and disorders that more commonly affect this specific population. Secondary factors are important contributors to pathologic nail changes, including impaired circulation at the distal extremities, faulty biomechanics, infections, neoplasms, and skin or systemic diseases with nail manifestations.
Ossama Abbas (02/17/2011) comments:
Nail changes and dystrophies are a common finding in elderly patients. These nail abnormalities may cause pain, affect daily activities, be of cosmetic concern, be a marker of internal disease or even malignancy. Awareness of these conditions is essential for physicians and health care professionals in general in order to provide optimal management for this continually expanding population.