Onycholysis (overview) L60.1

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 02.03.2023

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debonding of the nail; Nail Detachment; nail removal; Onycholysis

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A common phenomenon caused by detachment of the nail plate from the nail bed of different causes.

One distinguishes the:

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Last updated on: 02.03.2023