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CASE REPORT
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 81-82

Severe onycholysis in a card illusionist with alopecia areata universalis


1 Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, FL, USA
2 Dermatology, Department of Specialised, Experimental and Diagnostic Medicine, Saint Orsola - Malpighi Hospital, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
3 Department of Dermatology, Municipal Public Worker Hospital of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Correspondence Address:
Michela Venturi
Dermatology, Department of Specialised, Experimental and Diagnostic Medicine, Saint Orsola - Malpighi Hospital, University of Bologna, Bologna
Italy
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-7753.122966

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In patients with alopecia areata (AA), nail abnormalities due to nail matrix inflammation are common and usually not severe. We report the case of a 23-year-old man with AA universalis, who developed severe abnormalities of all his fingernails. Systemic steroids improved the onycholysis that had an important impact on the patient's job, as he was a card illusionist.


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