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@ATremor

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@ATremor asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Why do you sometimes get the characteristic bands on your fingernails from heavy metal poisoning?

What do you think?
« Last Edit: 05/04/2011 04:30:02 by _system »

RD

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How does heavy metal poisoning affect fingernails?
« Reply #1 on: 05/04/2011 11:52:36 »
Bands/lines on fingernails can occur for many reasons: disgusting nail images here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beau%27s_line

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muehrcke%27s_lines

Heavy metal poisoning can damage kidneys, which can cause changes in fingernails ...

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Mees' lines appear after an episode of poisoning with arsenic, thallium or other heavy metals, and can also appear if the subject is suffering from renal failure.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mee%27s_lines
« Last Edit: 05/04/2011 12:14:15 by RD »

 

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