Bilateral hand and feet nail changes unresponsive to antifungal

Presenter: Caitlin Porubsky, DO, Carmen Julian, DO, Irina Milman, DO
Dermatology Program: PCOM Mednet/North Fulton Hospital Medical Campus
Program Director: Marcus Goodman, DO, FAOCD
Submitted on: Jul 29, 2016

CHIEF COMPLAINT:  Changes in fingernails and toenails


Signs and symptoms:  A 65 year old Caucasian female with history of Ulcerative Colitis (UC) presented with nail changes on bilateral hands and feet. Patient started noticing nail changes about 18 months prior to presenting in the office.

Previous Treatment:  The patient previously saw a podiatrist, who performed nail clippings that showed onychomycosis. The patient was treated with a two month course of oral itraconazole, yet her nail symptoms continued to worsen.

Other information:  Subsequently, 18 months prior the patient was started on infliximab for her UC. She continued on this therapy while nail changes progressed.


The patient was found to have onycholysis, onychomadesis, and nail pitting of multiple fingernails and toenails. Also noted on the fingertips and nail folds were erythematous plaques with psoriasiform scale, crusting and fissuring. The patient additionally had a solitary, erythematous plaque with mild silvery scale in the perianal region.



Psoriasiform dermatitis with neutrophils in the cornified layer. Negative periodic acid-Schiff stain.


1.   Onychomycosis
2.   Trachyonychia
3.   Drug-induced Onycholysis
4.   TNF-alpha Inhibitor-induced Psoriasis

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