Minimizing postoperative drainage with 20% ferric chloride after chemical matricectomy with phenol

AKSAKAL A. B., Atahan Ç., Öztaş P., Oruk Ş.

Dermatologic Surgery, vol.27, no.2, pp.158-160, 2001 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Doi Number: 10.1046/j.1524-4725.2001.00180.x
  • Journal Name: Dermatologic Surgery
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.158-160
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: No


BACKGROUND. Phenol used in partial matricectomy shows its effects by denaturing matrix proteins. This highly successful method has the major problem of oozing which can continue for 5-6 weeks. OBJECTIVE. The goal of this study was to determine the effect of 20% ferric chloride (FC) (FeCl3) on minimizing the oozing after chemical matricectomy with phenol. METHODS. Sixty-seven patients with stage III onychocryptosis were treated by chemical matricectomy with 90% aqueous phenol. In 32 of these patients FC was applied to the nail bed after the phenolization procedure. RESULTS. We found a statistically significant (P < .001) reduction of oozing in the FC-applied group of patients. CONCLUSION. We think that using FC after phenol chemical matricectomy results in a significant reduction in oozing from the operation site.