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Black line on nail
So I have a thin black line on the nail of my right thumb which is permanent. It's been there for quite a while and it's a part of my nail itself, not like a pen mark or some stain which goes off. It's a part of my nail and even if I cut my nail, the line grows along with the nail itself. I just went online and checked about it and the internet said that it's a sign of Melanoma. Although I know that the internet blows things up in a disproportionate manner, I just want to make sure that it's not a problem. So, it's a thin, black line on the nail on my right thing which is permanent.
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Greetings. Such presentation is usually non-specific but very rarely can be associated with a condition called subungual melanoma which needs serious treatment. The problem is with clinical examination and even using a dermatoscope, the accuracy of diagnosis is doubtful and it do not rule in or rule out melanoma. You can either wait and have a periodic follow-up with the same dermatologist and document findings or proceed for a nail biopsy. It will be very comforting to know the diagnosis and will help to make precise treatment plan. Sometimes after a consultation and biopsy, active treatment may not be needed but periodic follow-up is all that may be necessary. Do not delay the consultation.
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Your dermatologist will decide a treatment plan for you after a consultation.
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