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Image Number 473 (Green nail syndrome)

Nail colour

Diagnosis: Green nail syndrome

Site: Nails

Sex: F

Age: 70

Type: Clinical

Description: Greenish discoloration of the nail plate and onycholysis

Submitted by: Shahbaz Janjua

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Differential Diagnosis


Green nail syndrome is a paronychial infection caused by pseudomonas aeruginosa  The individuals whose hands frequently are submerged in water, are more susceptible to get affected.   Pseudomonas is a gram-negative rod belonging to the family Pseudomonadaceae. Most of the clinical isolates produce the blue-green pigment pyocyanin. These bacteria are widespread in nature, inhabiting soil, water, plants, and animals. 


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