Mees' lines

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These are single transverse or multiple white bands that may occur on the nail pate (they do not blanch)

  • a nonspecific reaction pattern classically associated with arsenic intoxication
  • causes of Mee's lines include (1):
    • arsenic poisoning
    • carbon monoxide poisoning
    • cardiac failure
    • childbirth
    • chemotherapeutic drugs
    • Hodgkin's disease
    • leprosy
    • malaria
    • myocardial infarction
    • pellagra
    • pneumonia
    • psoriasis
    • renal failure
    • sickle cell anemia
    • thallium poisoning

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  1. Zaiac MN, Daniel CR. Nails in systemic disease Dermatologic Therapy 2002;15 (2); 99-106.

Last reviewed 01/2018