Leukonychia – a.k.a. ‘white spots on fingernails’ or ‘white nails’!

September 1, 2009


Leukonychia is better known as a 'white spots on fingernails'.

Leukonychia is sometimes described as 'white nails'.



What is leukonychia?

Leukonychia is a medical term for white discoloration appearing on nails. The word ‘leukonychia‘ is derived from the Greek words ‘Leuko’ (white) and ‘Onyx’ (nail).

What causes leukonychia?

The most common cause is an injury to the nail root (matrix) where the nail is formed – due to for example: excessive ‘nail tapping’ or slamming in a car door.

There are 2 types of leukonychia:

true leukonychia: small white spots (this is the most common variant);
transverse leukonychia (‘leukonychia striata’): discoloration of the nail in bands or ‘stria’ (also seen in cirrhosis and chemotherapy).

One must also be aware that ‘leukonychia’ in the hands of children (usually not caused by a medical problem).

Leukonychia – also known as a ‘white spotted nails’

PHOTO – An example of ‘white spotted nails’ (leukonychia):

White spotted nails (leukonychia)

Common disorders in the fingernail & toe nail!
News about fingernails!
What is ‘fingernail pitting’?
Koilonychia is better known as the ‘spoon nail’

2 Responses to “Leukonychia – a.k.a. ‘white spots on fingernails’ or ‘white nails’!”

  1. […] & toe nail! • Koilonychia – causes + treatment of the ’spoon nail’ • Leukonychia – having ‘white spots’ on your fingernails (white nails) Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Nail pitting: the meaning & causes of […]

  2. Pauline Says:

    White spots can also just be a knock to the nail.

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