Decompression for the management of onychocryptosis

AKSAKAL A. B., Oztas P., Atahan C., GÜRER M.

Journal of Dermatological Treatment, vol.15, no.2, pp.108-111, 2004 (Scopus) identifier identifier


BACKGROUND: There are many therapeutic alternatives for the management of onychocryptosis. Generally in severe cases, surgical approaches are preferred. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to introduce the new surgical method that treats onychocryptosis without inducing a permanent injury to the matrix. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-two patients with 30 cases of onychocryptosis were treated by unilateral soft tissue resection combined with partial nail plate avulsion technique without permanent matricectomy. RESULTS: Complete recovery was attained in 25 (83.3%) of cases. No complication was observed. CONCLUSION: The most important advantage of this method was on the nail matrix. No permanent injury is incurred on the matrix.