Hi there! I’m going to see my doctor in a few days about my thumb and what seems to me, could be subungual melanoma. If I turns out to be sublingual melanoma, what will happen to my thumb? I’ve read some articles and forums online and they say that they remove the entire nail apparatus and sometimes amputate the finger. Is there a chance that my nail grow back after the surgery? Also, how long would this process take approximately?
First of all keep in mind this type of melanoma (also known as acral melanoma) is very rare. Most instances the discoloration is from a bruise or other injury. If it looks suspicious the dermatologist may take a biopsy. Then the depth etc will be evalutated if it is positive for acral. You are jumping way ahead of things and really need to just get through these first steps. Let us know how it all goes and we will be here to support you.
Alright thanks for the help! I’ve been scared out of my mind seeing thing dark streak through my nail. It has been here for quite some time and I didn’t understand where it came from and this was the first thing I saw.
I noticed this dark streak on my toe more than a year ago and I it doesn’t seem to go away. I am worried that it might be subungual melanoma. I really don’t know if we have specialist around here to do biopsy because from what I’ve read it is a rare form of melanoma and biopsy is quite invasive.
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