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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 55-59

Nail: A mirror to systemic diseases in children

1 Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, KMCT Medical College, Calicut, Kerala, India
2 Dermatologist, IQRAA Community Hospital, Vazhakkad, Kerala, India
3 Department of Dermatology, KMCT Medical College, Calicut, Kerala, India
4 Dermatologist, Moulana Hospital, Perinthalmanna, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. A Riyaz
Department of Pediatric GE, KMCT Medical College, CALICUT, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jpai.jpai_26_20

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Nail is rightly regarded as a mirror to systemic diseases. Nails serve as a valuable diagnostic tool as it is very easy to examine all 20 of them quickly. A careful examination of nails may give vital clues to underlying sinister diseases evidenced by alteration of their shape, size, color, or texture. This review may help pediatricians to suspect an underlying serious systemic disease just by a careful examination of nails.

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