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    What causes a longitudinal pigmented band in the nail?

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Posted on Thu, 6 Jul 2017 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: i have a tiny (slightly over a mm) thin black line that starts at the end of nail going toward the nail bed. Is this something I should be concerned about? I did have a melanoma on my back 6 years ago.
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 53 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Kindly upload an image

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you for writing to us

I am dr. kakkar (dermatologist). I have gone through your query and I have noted your concern.
I request you to kindly upload an image in "reports section" so that I am able to guide you better.

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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 2 hours later
Having trouble uploading the picture. It is a very small, thin black line, just barely over a mm long and less than 1/4 of mm wide. It starts at the nail and barely makes it into the nail bed.

I showed it to my ND (natropath dr.), and she said it almost definitely is a splinter hemorage. Is that what it sounds like?
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 18 hours later
Brief Answer:
Does not seem like a melanoma

Detailed Answer:
Hello.

It certainly does not seem like a melanoma. A melanoma usually presents as a darkly pigmented irregular thick band which extends the entire length of nail and also the proximal nail fold. The lesion that you have is very likely something else.

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