Factors affecting recurrence rate of ingrown toenail treated with marginal toenail

Kuru I., Sualp T., Ferit D., Gunduz T.

FOOT & ANKLE INTERNATIONAL, vol.25, no.6, pp.410-413, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/107110070402500608
  • Title of Journal : FOOT & ANKLE INTERNATIONAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.410-413


This retrospective study analyzed marginal toenail ablation for ingrowing toenails and the factors affecting recurrences. Recurrence was defined as a return of the previous symptoms, regrowth of the nail edge, or patient dissatisfaction with the clinical outcome. Based on these criteria, nine patients (10.7%) were considered to have had a failed operation. There were significant differences for recurrence rate (p < .05) in the patients operated on under local anesthesia and in previously treated patients. Full exposure and excision of the germinal matrix were essential to avoid recurrence.