1922 Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology  
The strikingly satisfactory results obtained by the use of radium in the eradication of warts growing under the finger-nail seem to justify the reporting of two recent cases which have come under my observation. Although the method is doubtless familiar to many dermatologists and radium therapists, it has not found its way into the textbooks and has not received the recognition to which it is entitled. REPORT OF CASES Case 1.\p=m-\N. S., a woman, unmarried, aged 65, had been troubled with the
more » ... ndition forei ght years. The onset and development were gradual but the lesion had remained practically stationary for several years, sometimes becoming acutely painful and interfering with household activities. There was no history of trauma as an exciting cause. The lesion consisted of a deeply situated, longitudinal, brownish-black discoloration, beginning about midway between the root and the tip of the right thumb-nail, increasing slightly in width toward the tip, and appearing under the distal edge of the nail as a large pinhead size, brown, verrucous growth, which was tender on manipulation. The nail was pared down over the lesion as closely as possible without causing pain. The normal tissue was protected by lead foil. A square, halfstrength applicator, containing 5.5 mg. of radium element was applied, with only paper screening, for twenty minutes. Two subsequent exposures of forty and thirty-five minutes, respectively, were given at two-week intervals, making a total of ninety-five minutes. There was no unusual discomfort at any time, and the greatest amount of reaction consisted only of a mild erythema and scaling. Two months after the last treatment, not a trace of the lesion could be seen. Case 2.-E. F., a woman, aged 26, unmarried, a nurse in training, com¬ plained of a lesion under her thumb-nail which at times was so tender and painful that it interfered with her work, especially the making of beds. It had begun three months previously, with a gradual onset and with no history of a preceding trauma. The patient's mother had had a similar condition a year and a half ago, which after persisting six months, .was corrected by operation. The removal was attended by considerable pain, but the lesion did not recur. The lesion was under the nail of the right middle finger, and had developed after the nail had been turned back accidentally. Mother and daughter used different manicure sets. The lesion was located under the edge of the right thumb-nail, at about the middle. It was about the size of a small pea, was of the same color as the surrounding skin, and was distinctly verrucous on its free border. It extended only 3 or 4 mm. beneath the nail. This subungual portion showed a sharply rounded border. The lesion was tender to the touch. Downloaded From: http://archderm.jamanetwork.com/ by a University of Manitoba User on 06/18/2015
doi:10.1001/archderm.1922.02350310057006 fatcat:l54u4uor5nexlbleakglnubacm