Koilonychia – a.k.a. the ‘spoon nail’ – relates to many causes!
August 30, 2009
What is koilonychia?
Koilonychia (a.k.a. ‘spoon nails’) occurs when the free edge of the nail is turned inside out (everted), resulting in a concave fingernail.
What causes koilonychia?
Two common causes of koilonychia are:
• thyroid abnormalities;
But koilonychia can also be caused by direct trauma, excessive use of oils and soaps, or other more rare medical problems such as:
• impaired peripheral circulation;
One must also be aware that in the hands of children a ‘spoon nail’ may occur as a normal condition of the nail (not caused by a disease).
MORE ABOUT THIS FINGERNAIL DISORDER:
PHOTO – An example of ‘spoon nails’ (koilonychia):
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