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Injury of the Fingernail Evaluation

The evaluation of a fingernail injury starts with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with a fingernail injury may include:

  • Nail avulsion:
    • Partial, or total, loss of nail
  • Nailbed laceration:
    • A cut to the skin underneath the nail
  • Growth plate injury:
    • Injury to the skin where nail growth occurs
  • Crushing injury:

Tests that may be used to evaluate fingernail injuries include:
  • Hand and finger x-rays

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Last Updated: Dec 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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