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Hutchinson's melanotic disease

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A rare disturbance of unknown aetiology with onset in middle to advanced age. A melanotic tumour of the nail bed associated with melanotic tissue forming under and around the nail. According to one author it has three modes of presentation:

1. Pigmented band in the nail followed by granulation at the edge of nail bed.
2. Chronic paronychia (single finger) with pigmentation in contigious cutaneous area.
3. Warty growth on nail bed with loss of nail.


  • J. Hutchinson:
    Melanotic disease of the great toe following a whitlow of the nail.
    Transactions of the Pathological Society of London, 1857, 8: 404-405.

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