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Old 08-08-2010, 01:14 PM   #1
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Question 5 year old w/ brown vertical stripe down center of right thumb???

My 5 year daughter has a brown vertical stripe down the center of her right thumb nail. We are white, I've read that race matters w/ this symptom. The brown shows through the nail cuticle as well. I allowed her nail to grow out some to see if it was the nail bed. It's not the bed b/c the nail is actually brown @ the end. It goes the whole length of the nail even under the cuticle. There's no discoloration that we can see on top of the finger or beyond the cuticle.
I took her to our family doctor. He's older, very conservitive, and non-aggressive. He felt it was nothing. He didn't refer her to anyone. At the time I found nothing on the internet w/ similarities to my daughter. But now that I've found this site & I've been reading & a lot of what I've read about matrix melenoma seems to have a scary resemblance to by 5 year old daughter.
Am I just overly worried or does this sound like it could be melenoma to anyone else?
Thanks for taking time to read this!

 
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Re: 5 year old w/ brown vertical stripe down center of right thumb???

Taker her to a dermatologist. That's the appropriate doctor for a nail issue anyway.

 
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Old 08-26-2010, 07:37 PM   #3
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Re: 5 year old w/ brown vertical stripe down center of right thumb???

Well, I just wanted to update anyone who may have read this post before. And I also have a question, that hopefully someone might know the answer to.
Afew weeks ago I took her to a dermatologist. She agreed that it could be melanoma. My daughter has a mole in the matrix. The derm wants to have it removed;the right thumb nail & matric for biopsy. The derm reffered her to a pediatric surgeon. That appointment is Monday, 8/30.

Well, yesterday evening the end of the thumb nail started bleeding. She complained that it hurt & wouldn't allow me to touch it. I looked it over thinking maybe she hit it or some how cut or cracked the nail too close. Nope, that wasn't it. No evidence of neither.
I've been looking online, cannot find much on hutchinson sign or melanonychia striata with bleeding.
Of course our worry is that bleeding is a symptom of melanoma.

I called the ped surgeon yesterday & he was concerned, but had not looked@her file or done research yet-being that her appt wasn't until Monday. He was glad I called b/c he felt she did need this biopsy, but said she needed a plastic surgeon that specialized in hands. Stating they would do this surgery together. The office called & left a message today, stating that the plastic surgeon would be @ our appointment Monday.
Well this scares us more. We were hoping that they would do that so we wouldn't have to drag this out anymore, but the fact that they were able to get this plastic surgeon to work her in so quickly & they see her together. Well, it's alittle worrie-some. It usually takes afew weeks to get in w/ specialists.

Anyone here familiar with this condition and give us any insight as to why the bleeding? It's not much, just bleeds now & again.

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Old 11-14-2010, 10:28 AM   #4
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Re: 5 year old w/ brown vertical stripe down center of right thumb???

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The derm wants to have it removed;the right thumb nail & matric for biopsy.
I know it's been a while since you wrote this post and I doubt you will see my reply, but I wanted to ask did they indeed remove the matrix? The matrix is the root of the nail, and if they removed it, the nail will never grow back. I am just wondering if it was necessary for them to remove the entire root.

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Once they got the nail off, they saw that it wasn't as far back as they had thought. They had to cut & peel back the skin, but did not have to remove any of the matrix! Thank God. The funny thing is that it wasn't even a mole; it was a long freckle at the base under then nail& beyond the cuticle! Weird place for a mole, but weirder place for a freckle!
And by the way; her biopsy revealed that it was not cancer! THANK GOD!

 
Old 11-14-2010, 05:45 PM   #6
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Re: 5 year old w/ brown vertical stripe down center of right thumb???

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Once they got the nail off, they saw that it wasn't as far back as they had thought. They had to cut & peel back the skin, but did not have to remove any of the matrix! Thank God. The funny thing is that it wasn't even a mole; it was a long freckle at the base under then nail& beyond the cuticle! Weird place for a mole, but weirder place for a freckle!
And by the way; her biopsy revealed that it was not cancer! THANK GOD!
Wow, what wonderful news! Thank god it all worked out in the end!!! I am very happy to hear this

 
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:38 PM   #7
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Re: 5 year old w/ brown vertical stripe down center of right thumb???

Thank you so much for sharing your story. I have a darker vertical brown stripe down the middle of my index finger nail, but I see a very, very, very light strip on the middle finger next to it. Ido not have Hutchinson's sign but have avoided the biopsy because it sounds soooo unpleasant - plus, would melanoma show up in two finger like that? It doesn't seem likely. I very fair-skinned and in my early thirties and they showed up about a year ago. Do you know of any vitamin deficiencies or medications that can cause these stripes? Stress? It is possible I just developed freckled in two fingers...

I know, I know. I need to see a dermatologist. I am finally well after almost two years of swelling in an area of my brain that caused cranial nerve issues and damage and am avoiding the doctor because I just don't want "something else."

I so glad your 5 y/o is okay! I COMPLETELY understand that the four words a parent never, ever, ever wants to hear is "your child has cancer." The wait for the biopsy results must have been very stressful!! I have a 5 y/o daughter who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at 26 months (she has been in remission for 3 1/2 years!), so I definitely understand.

I really, really don't want there to be anything else. We have had all the medical issues we can handle in this house!

 
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:10 PM   #8
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Re: 5 year old w/ brown vertical stripe down center of right thumb???

Well, my daughter's thumb is fine. Thank God!
But for those that want a follow up on her and how she is doing....look for my other thread "6 y/o with recurring mesenteric adenitis".

 
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