Nails are important

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Inspection of the nail bed as a common practice has not always seemed important to me. However, I practiced in a multi-disciplinary clinic and I saw a small dark line in the nail bed of one of my clients. I had no idea what it was, but told her she should not ignore it and that it would be wise to have it “checked out” by her medical doctor. When she returned a month later, the most distal end of her middle finger had been removed, and the malignancy was gone too! It is certainly a good practice to check those nails, because they can reveal disease processes in the body that need to be attended to. Who knows what might have happened in her body had she not checked out that black line on her fingernail??!!

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