subungual hematoma

(redirected from Nail trephination)

sub·un·gual he·ma·to·ma

(sŭb-ŭng'gwăl hē'mă-tō'mǎ)
Collection of blood beneath a fingernail or toenail, usually due to trauma.

subungual hematoma

A collection of blood under the nail as a result of trauma. This condition may be treated by heating the end of a paper clip and then placing its point against the nail, which permits a small hole to be melted painlessly in the nail and allows the trapped blood to escape.
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Treament of subungual hematomas with nail trephination: a prospective study.