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I have a client with a tumor underneath a nail.

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I have a client with a tumor underneath a nail.

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I have a client who has a tumor under her thumbnail. She had the same problem several years ago on her other thumb and when the tumor was removed, she also lost the nail. Should my client see a doctor who is familiar with nail problems?

The cause of nail tumors is unknown, but I would consult a dermatologist to find out more about the nature of the nail tumor and why is it occurring. Most nail tumors are benign, but nevertheless, this condition requires immediate evaluation by a dermatologist. Some of these growths may have to be removed, and many dermatologists and dermatological surgeons are capable of removing these lesions. The location of the tumor usually determines whether the nail is lost or the client ends up with an abnormal nail. In general, if the tumor is located in the nail bed, it is possible to get a normal nail after surgery. If the tumor is located in the nail matrix (the nail growth center), then there is a much greater likelihood of having an absent or abnormal nail after surgery is performed.

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