- Modified shave surgery with the nail window technique led to limited postoperative nail dystrophy and pigmentation recurrence for patients with longitudinal melanonychia (LM).
Why this matters
- Shave surgery is increasingly recognized as a preferable surgical approach compared with nail matrix surgery.
- No patients reported short-term-related complications such as thermal damage of the nail bed or matrix.
- 75.0% of patients had no postoperative nail dystrophy.
- 21.7% of patients had mild onychodystrophy.
- 3.3% of patients developed a severe nail deformity.
- 13.3% of patients experienced recurrence of nail pigmentation.
- 67 patients with LM who underwent shave surgery with the nail window technique were included.
- Funding: National Natural Science Foundation of China, Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province, Six Talent Peaks of Jiangsu Province.
- Retrospective review.
- No comparator group.
- Small patient sample size.