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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2009, Article ID 495809, 3 pages
Case Report

Idiopathic Acquired Leukonychia in a 34-Year-Old Patient

Department of Dermatology, University of Palermo, Via del Vespro 131, 90127 Palermo, Italy

Received 27 January 2009; Accepted 5 March 2009

Academic Editor: Jeffrey Weinberg

Copyright © 2009 Maria Rita Bongiorno and Mario Aricò. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We present a rare case of a 34-year-old patient with persistent, progressive, acquired leukonychia totalis and partialis. Idiopathic acquired leukonychia is a rare chromatic disorder of the nail not associated with other abnormalities and discernible etiology. Our case report did not link the inheritance of leukonychia with diverse clinical syndromes. To our knowledge, only five cases of idiopathic, acquired, true total leukonychia were found in literature. This case was the sixth patient with asymptomatic idiopathic, white fingernails, and toenails without a hereditary cause.