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Tobacco staining of nails - Nail and Distal Digit
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Tobacco staining of nails - Nail and Distal Digit

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Contributors: Shari Lipner MD, PhD, Bertrand Richert MD, Robert Baran MD, Susan Burgin MD
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Synopsis

Heavy smokers can present with a yellow or chestnut brown hue on the nail plate of the first 3 digits that extends along the ulnar lateral nail fold and adjacent pulp of the first 2 digits and the radial nail fold of the third finger.

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ICD10CM:
L60.8 – Other nail disorders

SNOMEDCT:
299667005 – Stained nail

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Last Reviewed: 07/25/2019
Last Updated: 07/25/2019
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Tobacco staining of nails : Cigarette smoking, Fingernails
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Yellow-brown staining of the distal part of the nail plate. Onychorrhexis is also apparent.
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