Carlo Buzio, MD; Lenia De Martin, MD; Giuseppe De Palma, MD
To the Editors: In 1964, Samman and White (1) described the yellow nail syndrome as the combination of discolored, dystrophic nails and primary lymphedema. Pleural effusion, bronchiectasis, and sinusitis in varying combinations are commonly associated with this syndrome (2, 3). We report a case in which this syndrome was associated with remarkable pericardial effusion.
A 44-year-old man was referred because of lymphedema of the lower extremities and deformed yellow nails. The nail changes began in infancy and were followed by the development of chronic sinusitis. After a traumatic fracture of the left tibia at 12 years of age, he noted
Buzio C, De Martin L, De Palma G. Pericarditis and the Yellow Nail Syndrome. Ann Intern Med. ;116:878–879. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-10-878_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(10):878-879.
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