The repair of nail deformities with the nonvascularized nail bed graft: Indications and results

Joel E. Pessa, Tsu Min Tsai, Yanni Li, Harold E. Kleinert

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Abstract

Twenty-four cases of nonvascularized nail bed grafting to correct nail deformities were reviewed. The highest success rate in improving the appearance of the deformed nail, 86%, was achieved when the split-thickness nail bed graft of sterile matrix was used to correct a nail deformity caused by a sterile matrix injury; the same procedure used to correct a nail deformity caused by a germinal matrix injury had a 0% success rate. Donor site morbidity occurred in 25% of split-thickness nail bed grafts and 100% of full-thickness nail bed grafts. The split-thickness nail bed graft of sterile matrix, if used in properly selected patients, will consistently improve the appearance of the deformed nail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)466-470
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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