Abstract • A simple technique for partial or complete destruction of the nail matrix with the use of phenol alcohol is outlined. A retrospective analysis of 30 random patients suggests that it has a low morbidity, is easy to perform, and has a high success rate. Therefore, it offers an excellent option to cold steel surgery, especially for the nonsurgically oriented dermatologist. (Arch Dermatol 1984;120:348-350) References 1. Fosnaugh RP: Surgery of the nail , in Epstein E, Epstein E Jr: Skin Surgery , ed 5. Springfield, Ill, Charles C Thomas Publisher, 1982, vol 2, pp 1000-1002. 2. Murray WR, Bedi BS: The surgical management of ingrowing toenails . Br J Surg 1975;62:409-412.Crossref 3. Boll OF: Surgical correction of ingrowing nails . J Am Podiatry Assoc 1945;35:8-9. 4. Wee GC, Tucker GL: Phenolic cauterization of the matrix in the surgical cure of ingrown toenails . Mo Med 1969;66:802-803. 5. Ross WR: Treatment of the ingrown toenail and a new anesthetic method . Surg Clin North Am 1969;49:1499-1504. 6. McGlamry ED: Management of painful toes from distorted toenails . J Dermatol Surg Oncol 1979;5:554-556.Crossref 7. Andrew T, Wallace WA: Nail bed ablation: Excise or cauterize? A controlled study . Br Med J 1979;1:1539.Crossref 8. Nyman SP: The phenol-alcohol technique for toenail excision . J NJ Chirop Soc 1956;5:4-6. 9. Suppan RJ, Ritchlin JD: A nondebilitating surgical procedure for `ingrown toenail.' J Am Podiatry Assoc 1962;52:900-902. 10. Yale JF: Phenol-alcohol technique for correction of infected ingrown toenail . J Am Podiatry Assoc 1974;64:46-53.Crossref 11. Travers GR, Ammon RG: The sodium hydroxide chemical matricectomy procedure . J Am Podiatry Assoc 1980;70:476-478.Crossref 12. Brown FC: Chemocautery for ingrown toenails . J Dermatol Surg Oncol 1981;7:331-333.Crossref 13. Polokoff M: Ingrown toenail and hypertrophied nail lip surgery by electrolysis . J Am Podiatry Assoc 1961;51:805-806. 14. Abbott WW, Geho EH: Partial matricectomy via galvanic current . J Am Podiatry Assoc 1980;70:239-243.Crossref
Archives of Dermatology – American Medical Association
Published: Mar 1, 1984
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