2016, Number 2
Med Cutan Iber Lat Am 2016; 44 (2)
Gaviria BME, Gómez VLM
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ABSTRACTBrittle nail syndrome is the second most frequent reason for consultation about nail diseases in dermatology. It is characterized by onychorrhexis, onychoschizia and nail plate rupture as a result of systemic or dermatological diseases; nutritional deficiencies, environmental and occupational factors, that may affect the production or damage the already keratinised nails. This syndrome can be idiopathic and besides of its unpleasant cosmetic outcome, it has psychosocial impact, because the symptoms affect the daily life activities. Treatment is not easy, to identify the underlying cause and implement environmental control measures are a strong recommendations. Also on the market, there are a several hardeners available and oral supplementation of trace elements, amino acids and vitamins as biotin may be administered.