Yellow-Nail Syndrome

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Other Names :  

Primary lymphedema associated with yellow nails and pleural effusion

What is Yellow-Nail Syndrome ?  

A rare disorder of the nail that is usually accompanied by:
  • Lymphedema
  • Recurrent pleural effusions
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Sinus infections

Cause(s) :  
  • Chronic bronchiectasis
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Internal malignancies
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
Symptoms :  Nails:
  • Slow in growing
  • Thick and yellow or greenish-yellow colour with edges slightly darker
  • Cross-ridging on surface of nails with humped look with loss of cuticles
  • Onycholysis - nails separate from nail beds
Lymphedema:

  • Swelling of parts of the body caused by blockage or damage to the drainage of the lymphatic system
  • Swelling frequently affects the legs
  • Swelling less often in hands, face or genitals
Lungs:
  • Pleural effusions - Fluid collection in space surrounding the lungs
  • Bronchiectasis - Abnormal dilation of the bronchi
  • Sinus infections
  • Recurrent attacks of bronchitis
Diagnosis and Tests :  
  • Clinical examination
  • Lung function tests
  • Chest X-ray
  • Ultrasound
Specialist to consult :  Genetics

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