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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2015, Volume : 8, Issue : 7
First page : ( 919) Last page : ( 922)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2015.00151.1

Simple method to estimate Koilonychia a Pilot Study

Sriram Nirisha1,*, Sethu Gowri2

11st Year BDS, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India

2Professor, Department of Physiology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India

*Corresponding Author E-mail: nirishasriram@gmail.com

Online published on 28 October, 2015.

Abstract

AIM

To design a simple method to estimate the longitudinal curvature of nail in normal patients and in patients with iron deficiency.

Objective

To detect the change in the curvature of nail with mild decrease in anaemia.

Background

Usual iron deficiency anaemia is established by blood measurements. It is well documented that severe anaemia is associated with marked koilonychia when the nail get flatter and eventually become concave. This study is a very simple method to find out whether the longitudinal curvature of the nail is decreased in mild decrease of anaemia.

Reason

To gain experience in designing an experiment and also to produce a cost effective method to complement diagnosis of iron deficiency anaemia.

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Keywords

Koilonychia, Iron deficiency anemia, Anemia, Structure of nail, Methods to establish anemia.

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