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Old 02-19-2004, 04:18 PM   #1
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Unhappy Kidney Disease and Nail Color Changes

Hello Im very new to this board. So far its been very informative. In December/January I was diagnosed with kidney disease.. my left kidney works fine but my right kidney is only functioning at 16%. This week I have noticed that I have white curved lines in my fingernails and the nails do not look pink they are mostly white in color. Anyone notice a change in their fingernails with kidney disease. I see my doctor on 3/3 and will discuss it with him. I have the undereye puffiness. and hand swelling. So I was thinking this could be another sign of kidney/renal failure?

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Old 02-19-2004, 08:23 PM   #2
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Re: Kidney Disease and Nail Color Changes

Nail changes can be a sign of many diseases, but one of the most common/important nail changes in chronic disease is clubbing, and that is not related to kidney disease. It is related to conditions which result in scarring, cancer or purlent infections of the heart, lungs or GI tract.

This includes:

heart - subacute bacterial endocarditis
lung - cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis, lung abscess, lung cancer
liver - liver abscess, liver cancer, cirrhosis

Old 02-20-2004, 08:02 AM   #3
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Re: Kidney Disease and Nail Color Changes

Hi Nidor:
I've read that kidney disease may also be associated with something called "half-and-half" nails. The bottom half of the nails (near the nail bed) are reddish-brown and the upper half are opaque/white. Does this describe what you have?

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