Fragile Brittle And Soft Nails

Many of the nail diseases that disrupt nail formation and structure cause secondary brittleness and fragility. In this chapter only those conditions leading to nail fragility or brittleness as a major sign are considered in any detail (Figures 6.1-6.7).

'Hapalonychia' is the term used for cryptogenic soft nail—cases for which there is no primary specific local nail disease to explain the change. Diseases and conditions associated with this include:

congenital types sulphur deficiency syndromes


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