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Unusual wound with increasing prevalence caused by artificial fingernail glue


Clinical introduction A healthy 17-year-old girl presents with a wound on her left medial thigh (figure 1). Two days earlier while applying acrylic nail tips, she spilled nail glue on her jeans in the area of concern. Despite noticing an immediate irritable sensation, she did not perform any first aid nor did she remove her clothing to check the underlying skin.

Figure 1

Wound left medial thigh.

Question What is the pathological process of this wound?

  1. De-epithelialisation due to removal of clothing glued to skin.

  2. Chemical burn.

  3. Partial thickness thermal burn.

  4. Allergic reaction to nail glue.

For answer see page 02

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