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

Leukonychia is sometimes described as 'white nails'.

Leukonychia

 

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).

MORE ABOUT THIS FINGERNAIL DISORDER:
Leukonychia – also known as a ‘white spotted nails’

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

White spotted nails (leukonychia)

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