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I just noticed on my left thumb nail a longitudinal darkened

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I just noticed on my left thumb nail a longitudinal darkened line through my nail bed that extends to the tip of the nail. i noticed it about a week ago. I googled it and found that it could possibly be melanonychia. It only affects my left thumb. I'm 37, caucassian, and now severely paranoid that i have melanoma. Is this something i need to have checked out? It's not very dark, and I did read that it can be a side effect of chemotherapy. I of course have never received chemo, but as a licensed veterinary technician, I have administered doxorubicin and cytoxan, for 12 years. Could it possibly be from that? Should I be worried?



Can you upload a picture of your nail?


You can post a link to flickr or use the tree icon on the toolbar.


Try and get a real good close up if you can.


Dr Jef

Customer: replied 7 years ago.



Your line is regular and of uniform color - so a benign malanocytic nevus is the most likely diagnosis.


Melanoma - are irregular in shape and color.


For sure you need to let your own MD have a look but from the images that you have posted I would consider a "serious" problem most unlikely.


Dr Jef

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.



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