Suggest Ways To Rule Out Subungual Melanoma
Picture attached. I’m concerned it might be
Linear melanonychia - most likely a benign melanocyte proliferation
Hello. Thank you.
I am Dr. kakkar(Dermatologist). I have noted your concern and I have viewed the image.
A faintly dark, thin, uniformly coloured line and with well defined edges along the nail plate is most likely to be due to a benign melanocytic proliferation rather than due to a subungual melanoma. A subungual melanoma usually presents with a broader, variably coloured line (blue, black, red etc) along the nail plate which is illdefined, irregular bordered and usually also extends on to the adjacent nail fold (Hutchinson's sign).
No follow up needed.
Its benign. No follow up needed.
You may just keep a watch on it- if it changes over time i.e gets broader, ill defined, irregular, develops color variegation or involves the proximal nail fold.