Nail sampling technique and its interpretation

  • Leelavathi M
  • Tzar MN


The clinical suspicion of onychomyosis based on appearance of the nails, requires culture for confirmation. This is because treatment requires prolonged use of systemic agents which may cause side effects. One of the common problems encountered is improper nail sampling technique which results in loss of essential information. The unfamiliar terminologies used in reporting culture results may intimidate physicians resulting in misinterpretation and hamper treatment decision. This article provides a simple guide on nail sampling technique and the interpretation of culture results.


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ML., & MNT. (2011). Nail sampling technique and its interpretation. Malaysian Family Physician, 6(2 & 3), 2. Retrieved from
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