yellow nail syndrome
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the complete or almost complete cessation of all nail growth, with thickening of the nails, increase in the convexity, loss of cuticles, and yellowing; the resulting onycholysis can cause loss of some of the nails; the condition is often associated with pulmonary disease but differs from clubbing in that the soft tissues are not hypertrophic. Lymphatic drainage may be reduced, even in the absence of lymphedema.
Synonym(s): yellow nail syndrome
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yellow nail syndromeA clinical complex characterized by slow-growing indurated flavescence of all or the distal part of the nail with the loss of the lunula, onycholysis, primary lymphedema of the face and extremities, idiopathic pleural effusions, chronic bronchitis and sinusitis; the nails are thickened without visible lunulae and have an exaggerated lateral curvature, and slowed growth, attributed to primary stromal sclerosis, leading to lymphatic obstruction. See Harlequin nail.
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