Nail Signs Apparent Leukonychia 表相白甲

Apparent Leukonychia. The nails appear white because of abnormalities in the color of the nail bed and this is usually due to nail bed edema. Apparent leukonychia does not move distally with nail growth and the white discoloration fades with pressure. Nail bed pallor may be a non‐specific sign of anaemia, oedema or vascular impairment. It may occur in particular patterns which have become associated with certain conditions. It often due to drugs (chemotherapeutic agents) or systemic diseases (e.g. hypoalbuminemia)

Terry’s nail
is a term used to describe nails which are white proximally and normal distally and is attributed to cirrhosis, congestive cardiac failure or diabetes. Nail bed biopsy reveals only mild changes of increased vascularity.

Half‐and‐half nails
describes nails where there is a proximal white zone and distal (20–60%) brownish sharp demarcation, the histology of which suggests an increase of vessel wall thickness and melanin deposition. It is seen in 9–50% of patients with chronic renal failure and after chemotherapy. It is unclear whether the variant Neapolitan nails, where there are bands of white, brown and red, is a version of half‐and‐half or Terry’s nails, or a feature of old age.

Muehrcke’s paired white bands
are parallel to the lunula in the nail bed, with pink between two white lines. They are commonly associated with hypoalbuminaemia, the correction of which by albumin infusion can reverse the sign. They have also recently been reported following placement of a left ventricular assist device in a patient with congestive heart failure.

Apparent Leukonychia

表相白甲Apparent Leukonychia是由于甲床颜色异常,指甲呈现白色,这通常是由于甲床水肿和甲床颜色异常造成的。异常出现的表相白甲不会随指甲生长向远端移动,白色会随着压力而消退。它通常是由于药物(化学治疗剂)或全身性疾病(例如低蛋白血症)造成。表相白甲可能发生在以下系统性疾病中:

  1. Terry’s 甲:肝硬化,郁血性心力衰竭或糖尿病
  2. 对半两色甲:慢性肾功能衰竭和化疗后
  3. Muehrcke 成对白色带甲:低白蛋白血症,心力衰竭患者中放置左心室辅助装置的患者



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