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What causes nail clubbing?

What causes nail clubbing?

Many causes`: There are many causes of nail clubbing. The most common is lung disease, then heart disease, gastrointestinal (as malabsorbtion), liver disease (cirrhosis), thyroid and even a congenital born defect called eisenmenger syndrome. ...Read more

Dr. James Gagne
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Enlarged Finger Tips (Definition)

Clubbing is a condition where the nails and tips of the fingers become rounded and somewhat enlarged (so that they look like clubs). The reason this occurs is unknown, but it is associated with breathing problems or lung diseases. ...Read more


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Does copd cause Nail clubbing?

Does copd cause Nail clubbing?

From low O2: Hypertrophic osteoarthropathy, or clubbing of the nails, occurs because of long-term deprivation of oxygen in the small arteries of the (small) bones. Certainly that can happen from COPD, especially if u have the chronic bronchitis type of COPD. Oftentimes its associated w/ smoking, so if u smoke, QUIT! The changes won't get worse if u do. (They won't get better, unfortunately: bone changes r perm ...Read more

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What lung disease cause clubbing nails and can it be a sign of respiratory acidosis?

What lung disease cause clubbing nails and can it be a sign of respiratory acidosis?

Clubbing: describes the bulbous, clublike deformation of the distal portion of the fingers and toes resulting from connective-tissue proliferation.Clubbing may be hereditary , ie, primary hypertrophic osteoarthropathy, but, more often, it is acquired and is associated with a number of infectious, inflammatory, neoplastic, and vascular disorders. it may occur with several lung diseases . Ref:Medscape ...Read more

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What is the most common cause of clubbing nails with shortness of breath, chest pain, high heart rate?

What is the most common cause of clubbing nails with shortness of breath, chest pain, high heart rate?

Clubbing: describes the bulbous, clublike deformation of the distal portion of the fingers and toes resulting from connective-tissue proliferation.Clubbing may be hereditary , ie, primary hypertrophic osteoarthropathy, but, more often, it is acquired and is associated with a number of infectious, inflammatory, neoplastic, and vascular disorders. it may occur with several lung diseases . Ref:Medscape ...Read more

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Can recurrent pulmonary embolism cause chronic hypoxia and clubbing nails? I have symptoms of pulmonary embolism with blue clubbing nails. Ok d dimer.

Can recurrent pulmonary embolism cause chronic hypoxia and clubbing nails? I have symptoms of pulmonary embolism with blue clubbing nails. Ok d dimer.

I suppose it is: possible, but have your doctor look for other causes such as structural heart or lung disease. Clubbing can be a sign of longstanding hypoxia, but it is really non-specific. The only way to tell for sure whether or not you have pulmonary emboli is with CT angiogram or pulmonary angiogram. Both are invasive tests, so your doctor will order them only if there is a high clinical suspicion. ...Read more

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What can cause breathing problems, chest pain, hypokalemia and clubbing nails? No help from doctors...

What can cause breathing problems, chest pain, hypokalemia and clubbing nails? No help from doctors...

Really clubbing?: If you really have clubbing, the differential diagnosis consists of lung cancer (most common cause), cyanotic heart defects since birth, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, lung abscess, endocarditis, interstitial lung disease, celiac disease, cirrhosis, Grave's disease and non-hodgekin's lymphoma. I hope you don't really have clubbing. Please see my attached photo: ...Read more

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Does disappearance of nail clubbing mean underlying disease is getting cured?

Does disappearance of nail clubbing mean underlying disease is getting cured?

Less likely : I strongly doubt it because clubbing is normally do chronic long-term respiratory cardiac issues like emphysema to name one. Unless you had a heart transplant etc ...Read more

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Sir I am suffering from a problem that is nail clubbing how can I stop this problem?

Sir I am suffering from a problem that is nail clubbing how can I stop this problem?

Nail clubbing: Nail clubbing is often related to lung or heart conditions. Have you checked with your regular doctor? Otherwise, unfortunately there are not good treatments for clubbing. Please go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is nail clubbing related to lung disease?

Is nail clubbing related to lung disease?

Yes.: Many lung conditions are associated with clubbing, as well as heart and liver issues. If you have clubbing, you should see your doctor, partciualrly if you are a smoker. ...Read more

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Thumb nail became curved.Kinda like clubbing in only one nail except that schamroth window is there. My nail is just bulging like an upside down spoon?

Thumb nail became curved.Kinda like clubbing in only one nail except that schamroth window is there. My nail is just bulging like an upside down spoon?

Interesting finding: This is interesting that only your thumb is exhibiting "clubbing". This is likely a good thing, since it indicates that the problem, if there is a problem at all, is localized to the thumb/thumbnail/nail bed. There are some things that grow in and around the nail that might cause it to bow outward (clubbing). These include a glomus tumor, myxoid cyst, or an osteoma. Let a doctor look at it. ...Read more