What is the cause and treatment for terry's nails?
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I am Dr. Kakkar. I have gone through your query and I have understood it.
XXXXXXX nails is described as a “ground glass opacity” of the entire nail bed with the exception of “the distal zone of normal pink,” which is a 1- to 2-mm transverse band adjacent to the free edge of the nail bed.
XXXXXXX nails may be part of a normal aging process or a sign of systemic disease that ages the nails prematurely. XXXXXXX nails represent an important nail abnormality for clinicians to identify, to consider various associated systemic disorders especially hepatic cirrhosis and others like hypertension, coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease, collagen vascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease etc.
Normally alcohol abuse OR liver changes less than cirrhosis, don't lead to XXXXXXX nails. Therefore hepatic cirrhosis should be ruled out with appropriate investigations specially since you have a long history of alcoholism, but XXXXXXX nails does'nt necessarily mean that you definitely have hepatic cirrhosis..
Liver, if not cirrhosed can definitely repair on abstaining from drinking alcohol.
Liver function tests, CT scan and ultrasound liver can give a fairly clear idea whether there is Liver fibrosis/cirrhosis or not. However MRI is the most sensitive imaging study. If the doctors are saying that you have nothing to worry about then I think you should stop worrying and get on with your life!!