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Revista chilena de pediatría

versión impresa ISSN 0370-4106


GIORDANO L., María Consuelo; DE LA FUENTE L., Alicia; LORCA J., María Bernardita  y  KRAMER H., Daniela. Onychomadesis secondary to hand-foot-mouth disease: A frequent manifestation and cause of concern for parents. Rev. chil. pediatr. [online]. 2018, vol.89, n.3, pp.380-383. ISSN 0370-4106.


Nail alterations in children are an important cause of parent anxiety and derive in multiple and unnecessary consultations. The onychomadesis corresponds to the complete and pain less detachment of the nail plate from the proximal fold. This self-resolving nail finding has been described as a late complication of hand-foot-mouth disease, a frequent viral exanthema in the pedia tric age.


To describe a classic pediatric case of hand-foot-mouth disease with subsequent onychomadesis.

Clinical case:

A 3-years-old male patient with an acute presentation of acute erythe matous perioral papulovesicles, which extend to upper extremities and hands, buttocks, thighs and feet, asymptomatic, and without compromising general condition. Skin lesions resolve completely, but after one month, he develops detachment of the nails, with subsequent complete recovery.

Con clusions:

The recognition of this association will allow primary care physicians to guide the parents about a benign and self-resolving process that may occur as part of the evolution of hand-foot-mouth disease, thus avoiding unnecessary anxiety, referral and treatments.

Palabras clave : Hand-foot-mouth disease; enterovirus; exanthema; nail diseases.

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