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    BaliAsh
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    Hi there, i want to thank you in advance for taking the time out to help.

    I am a 25 y.o male, living in Bali, Indonesia. I am caucasian but I’ve naturally dark skin and am in the sun frequently. I used to use sunscreen a lot growing up but, must admit the last 6 or 7 years have been lacking in this respect.

    My concern is that for approximately the last two years, i’ve noticed a stripe that runs the full extent of my left thumb nail. Three days ago i jumped on line and noticed striking similarities between my stripe and the stripes of those suffering with sunbungual melanoma. Please note, i have had no trauma to the nail that i can think of and I am sure that in the approximate two years of having this stripe. the trauma should have grown out?

    Living in Bali, i unfortunately do not have access to the greatest range of specialists and, from the research i’ve done, surmised that the biopsy in this instance is quite a tricky one and should most certainly be done by a specialist.

    Before i go crazy and book myself on the next flight home, i was hoping for somebody’s opinion on the matter and advice on whether i should trust doing a biopsy here or whether i really should go home.

    I have attached two images of the affected thumb and hope for some advice.

    [img]http://s20.postimage.org/4f2cblb9l/photo.jpg[/img]

    [img]http://s20.postimage.org/rhsvarcqx/photo_1.jpg[/img]

    Any help is appreciated

    Kindly,

    asher

    #58181
    Catherine Poole
    Keymaster

    I can understand your concern. But the only way to diagnose this is to get a biopsy done. You could try getting in touch with http://www.drmihm.com and send the photos there and ask Dr. Mihm’s recomendation for a biopsy. He works worldwide and may even know of someone near you to do the biopsy. But a biopsy would be the only way to know this. This type of melanoma isn’t caused by UV radiation and is pretty rare form of melanoma. But get it checked out for peace of mind.

    #58182
    bluevitd
    Participant

    Here is a picture of my thumb. Any information anyone can give me would be appreciated. Thanks

    http://nz.skyflux.com/IMG_2416.JPG” class=”bbcode_url”>http://nz.skyflux.com/IMG_2416.JPG

    #58183
    Catherine Poole
    Keymaster

    I’m sorry the other post by Bluevits about this disappeared. Only a biopsy will give a definitive answer. Let us know how things turn out.

    #58184
    bluevitd
    Participant

    Here is my post that disappeared

    Hello,

    I have a biopsy scheduled in 2 days of my thumb nail.

    Is there anyone that has experience with subungual melanoma, or Acral Lentiginous Melanoma?

    Please see this picture of my thumb.

    http://nz.skyflux.com/IMG_2416.JPG

    This is after watching it grow out from the cuticle for 2 weeks.

    What kind if biopsy will I get? (punch biopsy?) and where exactly is the best place for them to take it? What kind of accuracy should I expect from the biopsy?

    I am scared and trying to get a diagnosis asap because I have had other rare health problems over the past year that a heap of blood tests was unable to figure out other than probable psoriasis and food allergies. I was 99% back to normal curing myself through a healthy diet, but now this!!! As you can see my thumb nails used to grow out split back when my skin was leaking lymphocytes and falling off all over my body. All my other finger and toe nails are growing out perfect now except this one.

    It is starting to get faintly sore, I do not at all remember doing anything that would have injured my thumb. It feels like it is going in the direction away from the nail now into my skin.

    Thank You

    #58185
    Catherine Poole
    Keymaster

    We really can’t guess by photo appearance whether it is of concern. But acral melanoma is rare. Having a dermatologist check it closely is the best idea!

    #58186
    simpak
    Participant

    BaliAsh wrote:

    Hi there, i want to thank you in advance for taking the time out to help.

    I am a 25 y.o male, living in Bali, Indonesia. I am caucasian but I’ve naturally dark skin and am in the sun frequently. I used to use sunscreen a lot growing up but, must admit the last 6 or 7 years have been lacking in this respect.

    My concern is that for approximately the last two years, i’ve noticed a stripe that runs the full extent of my left thumb nail. Three days ago i jumped on line and noticed striking similarities between my stripe and the stripes of those suffering with sunbungual melanoma. Please note, i have had no trauma to the nail that i can think of and I am sure that in the approximate two years of having this stripe. the trauma should have grown out?

    Living in Bali, i unfortunately do not have access to the greatest range of specialists and, from the research i’ve done, surmised that the biopsy in this instance is quite a tricky one and should most certainly be done by a specialist.

    Before i go crazy and book myself on the next flight home, i was hoping for somebody’s opinion on the matter and advice on whether i should trust doing a biopsy here or whether i really should go home.

    I have attached two images of the affected thumb and hope for some advice.

    [img]http://s20.postimage.org/4f2cblb9l/photo.jpg[/img]

    [img]http://s20.postimage.org/rhsvarcqx/photo_1.jpg[/img]

    Any help is appreciated

    Kindly,

    asher

    We have the same problem, help us please :)

    #58187
    Delo16
    Participant

    I just noticed this thin perfectly straight faint brown line on my index finger? Should I be concerned ? It looks a lot like the pic posted – any results from that post?

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