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Somewhere there was a discussion where people thought concave or curving nails where one of the symptoms of COPD. I personally didn't think this was the case and thought people should check in with their doc about it, to be sure there was nothing else underlying that could be the cause.
Quite by chance I came upon this information today and thought to share it (note the bold type reference to spoon shaped and concave nails):
Brittle nails or splitting of the nail bed from the nail plate can also be induced by several major systemic disease states. This includes kidney diseases that cause a buildup of nitrogen waste products in the blood and liver diseases such as chronic liver failure. Nails may also become brittle due to changes that occur during pregnancy, or they may be associated with endocrine disorders such as hypoparathyroidism, thyroid disorders, gout, and diabetes mellitus. [b:5d9761feba]Spoon-shaped nails (koilonychia) are associated with many disease states-specifically iron-deficiency anemia, trauma, Raynaud's disease, syphilis, diabetes, or hemochromatosis-or it may be a normal, inherited condition. These nails become thin and concave with raised edges and are often brittle. [/b:5d9761feba]
this from pharmacy times web.
Happy global COPD
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