What is the prevalence of nailbed injuries?

Updated: Sep 27, 2017
  • Author: Darrell Sutijono, MD; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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The hand is involved in 11-14% of on-the-job injuries and 10% of all accident cases in US emergency departments. However, the exact prevalence of nailbed injuries is unknown since many patients with nailbed injuries do not bother to seek a physician's care for what they perceive as a minor trauma.

Complications of nailbed injuries include nail loss, abnormal growth, nonadherence of new nail, splitting of the nail, soft tissue infection, and osteomyelitis of the underlying distal tuft.

A 3:1 male-to-female predominance of injury exists.

Nailbed injuries occur in people of all ages; however, the most common age group is between 4 and 30 years old. Fingertip injuries account for two thirds of hand injuries in children, and damage to the nailbed occurs in 15-24% of these injuries. [2, 3]


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