Meese cross bands L60.8

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.02.2024

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Mees-Bands; Mees cross bands; Mees Stripes; Mees strips; Nail cross-stripping; Nail ribbons; Nail strips; striated leukonychia; transverse leukonychia; White nail ribbons

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Symptomless, several millimetres to 0.5 cm wide, white, usually clearly contrasting bands with the colour of the lunula, running transversely over the entire nail plate.

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Most often by recurrent manipulations of the nail bed.

Initial description in cases of arsenic poisoning, thallium poisoning.

Furthermore in severe craniocerebral trauma, local acid burns or manicure damage. Also possible after repeated local traumas, e.g. by wearing too tight a shoe.

Meesian transverse bands can also occur after infectious diseases such as scarlet fever, measles or typhoid fever.

S.a. Leukopathia unguis toxica

S.a. Leukonychia striata

S.a. half and half nails.

Clinical features
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Clinical illustrations see below Leuconychia striata.

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  3. Kostaki D Longitudinal leuconychia striata: is it a common sign in Hailey-Hailey and Darier disease? J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 28:126-127


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Last updated on: 29.02.2024