Indan Journal of Medical Research Indan Journal of Medical Research Indan Journal of Medical Research Indan Journal of Medical Research
  Home About us Editorial board Search Ahead of print Current issue Archives Submit article Instructions Subscribe Contacts Login  
  Home Print this page Email this page Small font sizeDefault font sizeIncrease font size Users Online: 186       

   Table of Contents      
CLINICAL IMAGES
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 137  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 220

Beau's lines


Department of Medicine Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences Tirupati 517 507, India

Date of Web Publication8-Mar-2013

Correspondence Address:
J Harikrishna
Department of Medicine Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences Tirupati 517 507
India
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


PMID: 23481079

Rights and PermissionsRights and Permissions

How to cite this article:
Naik G S, Harikrishna J. Beau's lines. Indian J Med Res 2013;137:220

How to cite this URL:
Naik G S, Harikrishna J. Beau's lines. Indian J Med Res [serial online] 2013 [cited 2019 Jun 18];137:220. Available from: http://www.ijmr.org.in/text.asp?2013/137/1/220/108354

A 40-year old male patient presented with fever, pain in the right hypochondrium and progressive breathlessness of 10 days duration to the Outpatient Services of Department of Medicine at Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, India, in November 2011. He was diagnosed to have right-sided empyema thoracis and pyopericardium secondary to rupture of amoebic liver abscess, and was admitted and treated with i.v. metronidazole, percutaneous drainage and mechanical ventilatory support. The patient recovered and was discharged. On follow up after three months, transverse deep grooves were noticed in the nail plate that ran parallel to the lunula in all the digits of the hand [Figure 1]. Named after Joseph Honorι Simon Beau (1806-1865), Beau's lines occur due to temporary cessation of proliferation of proximal nail matrix. As the finger nail grows at the rate of 0.1 mm/day, the time course of the illness can be estimated from the position of the Beau's line from proximal nail fold. The conditions where Beau's lines have been described include severe systemic illness like the present case, chemotherapy, malnutrition, zinc deficiency, trauma, paronychia, pemphigus, and Kawasaki disease.
Figure 1: Clinical photograph showing transverse grooves (Beau's lines) on nail plates of all digits (arrows) at similar distances from nail fold. Inset: Close-up view of Beau's line (arrow) on right index finger parallel to lunula (arrow head).

Click here to view





    Figures

  [Figure 1]



 

Top
 
 
  Search
 
    Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
    Access Statistics
    Email Alert *
    Add to My List *
* Registration required (free)  

 
  In this article
    Article Figures

 Article Access Statistics
    Viewed764    
    Printed21    
    Emailed0    
    PDF Downloaded230    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal