What are the possible complications of melanonychia treatment?

Updated: Sep 10, 2018
  • Author: Chris G Adigun, MD, FAAD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Postoperative nail dystrophy is a common complication and should be taken into consideration before a nail biopsy is performed. [6] Postoperative nail dystrophy is less likely to occur with biopsies of the distal matrix than biopsies of the proximal matrix.

Complete excision when longitudinal melanonychia is located in the lateral third of the nail unit with a lateral longitudinal excision is a sampling method that may result in less cosmetic deformity than other methods.


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