Onychomadesis as a Late Complication of Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease: A Case Series Shedding Light on Nail Shedding

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Abstract

Hand-foot-mouth disease is a viral illness frequently caused by enterovirus and coxsackievirus. Traditionally, this disease initially causes malaise, fever, and rash with vesicles in the mouth, as well as on the hands and feet. Occasionally, more severe presentations and late postinfectious sequelae occur, including onychomadesis, nail matrix arrest. We describe a series of 4 cases of onychomadesis and its evaluation following recent hand-foot-mouth disease during this current enteroviral season as a way to ensure appropriate clinician diagnosis and guidance.

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