Onychatrophia is a term that derived from word atrophy. Atrophy basically a term that refers to the wasting away or loss of any body part that stops working or start performing less than its ability. Now move towards our basic topic onychatrophia that mean the wasting away of nails. This disorder can make your nails weak, reduce their shine as well as it may cause discoloration of nails. It may cause damage to the nail matrix, from any injury or other reasons. It is an irreversible disorder. Dr. Philippe Abimelec said that It is a scarring process that cannot be recovered.

It may be any alarming sign of any serious health issue such as stomach or liver disease. According to various scientific studies, nails are mostly considered as an indicator of a person’s health. It may affect merely 1-2 nails but in severe conditions may be all nails of the hands and feet become the victim of this disease. It is totally different to anonychia which is a congenital disorder, that happens when nail does not develop to its full extent.


The main causes associated with this disease are following;

  • Other nail diseases
  • Psoriasis
  • Fungal nail infection
  • Bacterial infection
  • Lichen planus
  • Skin disease
  • Vascular disorders
  • Thyroid problem
  • Burns
  • Severe trauma


Signs and symptoms of this disease such as;

  • Itching at initial stage
  • Discoloration
  • Pus formation
  • Breaking of nails
  • Deformed nails
  • Nail shrinkage
David Sage Asked on September 13, 2017 in Disease.
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