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BMJ Case Reports 2011; doi:10.1136/bcr.10.2010.3422
  • Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury

Subungual malignant melanoma – re-learning the lesson

  1. Barry Powell
  1. St George's Medical School, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kavit Amin, kavamin{at}yahoo.co.uk

Summary

The authors present two patients referred by colleagues after traumatic hand injury. However, upon closer inspection, both patients had pigmented lesions under the nail bed, which upon biopsy showed proven subungual malignant melanoma. The authors wish to emphasise the importance of this diagnosis, especially in emergency care.

Footnotes

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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