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Revista chilena de pediatría
versión impresa ISSN 0370-4106
KUTZ E, Ana María y ARANIBAR D, Ligia. Non mycotic ungueal pathology in pediatrics. Rev. chil. pediatr. [online]. 2012, vol.83, n.4, pp.383-391. ISSN 0370-4106. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0370-41062012000400010.
Nail alterations in children are a very frequent cause for consultation in primary care, pediatrics and dermatology. Its exact prevalence is unknown. Some of them are identical to those in adults, but there are some whose frequency is much higher in children, because they arise or develop exclusively in that period of life. Although some ungueal changes are considered isolated anomalies that have only cosmetic relevance, others might be diagnostic clues of associated diseases; they may be disabling and have a prognostic value for adult life. For that reason, good knowledge and proper management of them by specialists is fundamental. This report describes main alterations that may be observed in the ungueal apparatus during childhood, due to physiological alterations and congenital or acquired disease.
Palabras clave : Ungueal; nails; onicopathy; pediatrics.