Eur J Plast Surg (2008) 31:269–270 DOI 10.1007/s00238-008-0281-8 LETTER TO THE EDITOR Nail debridement for the treatment of onychogryposis: use of wire cutter and bone rongeur H. M. Aksoy & B. Aksoy & E. Civaş & B. Öç Received: 21 February 2008 /Accepted: 29 July 2008 / Published online: 20 August 2008 Springer-Verlag 2008 Onychogryposis refers to thickening, increase in length and vative treatment is performed by filing the nail plate with an curvature of the nail plate. This condition is sometimes electric drill or burr with removal of subungual keratosis referred to as a “ram’s horn tail” because of the strange . This form of treatment is a form of nail debridement. shape [1, 2]. The nail becomes thicker, longer, curved, and Since the nails are extremely hard to cut in patients with circular in cross section and looks like a ram’s horn . onychogryposis, special instruments are needed for de- Onychogryposis can be congenital or acquired [1, 2, 4]. bridement . Thus, wire cutter and bone rongeur (surgical The nails of the great toes are most commonly involved but instruments used in orthopedic surgery) were found to be others can also be involved [2, 4]. Infrequent cutting
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 1, 2008
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