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Forum Name: Valvular Heart Diseases

Question: Splinter hemorrhage

 cheekois - Thu Dec 02, 2004 12:07 pm

For little over a year, i have been seeing these splinter like things apperaring under several of my nails. They eventually move their way up and then disappear out the top of the nail. Well, until recently i haven't thought much about it until i started to experience shortness of breath. A friend of mine who is in his residency mentioned the two might possibly be related....he called it endo something....needless to say i am a little concerned and would like a little help before i go see my dr.
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Thu Dec 02, 2004 11:51 pm

User avatar Dear Cheekois,

Splinter hemorrhages are hemorrhages under the nail. They are usually caused by either trauma or small emboli that occlude the small capillaries under the nail.

i can not say for sure that what you are suffering from is splinter hemorrhages because i did not see it.

i think your friend is referring to endocarditis (inflammation of the heart's valves) i don't think that you have this condition as if you had it you would have been much much sicker than you sound right now. This is one cause of embolization. Another cause of embolization (or blocking of the blood vessel) is inflammation of the blood vessel itself, a condition known as vasculitis.

Your doctor will see what you are referring to as splinter hemorrhages (if you still have them) and he will give the correct advice on what to do next.

Thank you very much for using our website and i hope that this information helped.

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.

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