Thursday, 9 September 2010

MRCP revision battle 6.5: yellow nail syndrome

Yellow Nail Syndrome falls into that subsection of clinical conditions that is rarely relevant in real life but disproportionately prevalent in MRCP questions.  Thankfully its fairly straightforward.

  • thick nails which are
  • excessively curved from side to side and
  • pale yellow. They are
  • slow growing (showing uncovered bulbous fingertips) and have
  • absent lunulae (the little 'moon-shaped' white bits at the base of your nails)
  • onycholysis may be present

The importance from an MRCP point of view is that they are associated with:

Thats all for today.  If you fancy a quick little test on yesterday's topics, click here