A simple therapeutic approach to pincer nail deformity using a memory alloy: Measurement of response

Jonathan Te Peng Tseng, Wen Tsao Ho, Chun Hung Hsu, Ming Hsiu Lin, Chien Nien Li, Woan Ruoh Lee

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Abstract

Background Pincer nail deformity (PND) is a dystrophy characterized by transverse overcurvature of the nail plate that may cause intractable pain and decrease the quality of life of patients. Objectives To evaluated the efficacy of a superelastic nickel-titanium (SE NiTi) wire for the treatment of PND using transverse curvature improvement and subjective assessment of pain relief during and after the treatment. Methods SE NiTi wire was implanted over the distal tip of the nail for the treatment of PND in 43 patients (28 female, 15 male), with a total of 73 digits receiving treatment. Evaluations of improvement included measuring changes in transverse curvature of the nail and subjective assessment of pain relief throughout the follow-up period. Results In all patients, treatment of the pincer nail with implantation of SE NiTi wire achieved satisfactory results. Significant improvement (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-405
Number of pages8
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Volume39
Issue number3 PART 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Surgery

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