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Paronychia with Sporangium Formation Causing an Ingrown Toenail

A Rare Case Report

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  • 1 Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Kaohsiung Armed Forces General Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
  • | 2 Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • | 3 Department of Family Medicine, Song-Shan Branch, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • | 4 Department of Pathology, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • | 5 Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Shuang-Ho Hospital, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan.
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Ingrown toenail, or onychocryptosis, is a common inflammatory disease of the hallux. It results from the alteration of fit of the nail plate in the lateral nail fold. Ingrown toenails are usually seen in adolescents and young adults and can affect daily activities and social life. Generally, ingrown toenails are classified into three stages, including the inflammatory stage, the abscess stage, and the granulation stage. In this article, we present the rare case of a man with a diagnosis of paronychia with sporangium formation causing an ingrown toenail.

Corresponding author: Shun-Cheng Chang, MD, Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Shuang-Ho Hospital, Taipei Medical University, 291 Zhongzheng Rd, Zhonghe District, New Taipei City 235, Taiwan. (E-mail: csc901515@gmail.com)