Periungual Warts

  • Danya Reich
  • Corinna Eleni Psomadakis
  • Bobby Buka


A 32-year-old man attended Primary Care clinic for treatment of warts that had been present around his fingernails for 1 year. Common warts, or verruca, are caused by the human papillomavirus. They can affect people of all ages but are most common in school-aged children. Warts are contagious and they are spread through contact. They appear as cauliflower-like, rough papules that may feature central black dots. They can resolve on their own or persist for years if left untreated. The preferred treatment for warts is cryosurgery with liquid nitrogen, although alternate tissue destruction methods such as electrodesiccation or excision may also be used.


Verruca Warts Nails Periungual Human papillomavirus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Danya Reich
    • 1
  • Corinna Eleni Psomadakis
    • 2
  • Bobby Buka
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Family MedicineMount Sinai School of Medicine Attending Mount Sinai Doctors/Beth Israel Medical Group-WilliamsburgBrooklynUSA
  2. 2.School of Medicine Imperial College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of DermatologyMount Sinai School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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