ePlasty: Vol. 14
Photo-Documentation of Thumbnail Regrowth After Surgical Avulsion: Case Report and Literature Review
Ashley Marie Mefford, BS,a Morton L. Kasdan, MD, FACS,b and Bradon Wilhelmi, MD, FACSc

aUniversity of Louisville School of Medicine; bRobley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Department of Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine; and cDivision of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Ky.

Correspondence: ammeff01@louisville.edu
Keywords: avulsion, growth rate, regrowth, thumbnail, time-lapse video

Objective: We present a case of thumbnail regrowth and photo-documentation after a complete surgical avulsion and nail bed biopsy. Methods: A complete surgical avulsion of the right thumbnail was performed and the regrowth was photo-documented. Results: Complete regrowth was achieved by 33 weeks after avulsion, and the photos were compiled into a time-lapse video. Conclusions: The established literature indicates that rate of nail growth is multifactorial. One variable that may contribute to rate of growth is the status of the nail itself, intact or avulsed. The growth rate of the thumbnail in our patient is comparable to .......