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Anon_999 posted:
I have LVDD, Tricuspid Regurgitation, NeuroMuscular weakness and now clubbed fingers and nails which have been changing over a 2 year period. And the Pulmonary Dr thinks I need to see a Dermatologist.

From what I have read the main cause for this condition is heart, lung and low oxygen in the blood.

Can the above problems cause this? Or is a Dermatologist needed?
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cardiostarusa1 responded:
Hi:

"From what I have read the main cause for this condition is heart, lung and low oxygen in the blood."

General info

Clubbing of Fingers or Toes


Causes

Lung cancer is the most common cause of clubbing.

Clubbing often occurs in heart and lung diseases that reduce the amount of oxygen in the blood, such as heart defects that are present at birth (congenital).

Chronic lung infections that occur in people with bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, or lung abscess.

Infection of the lining of the heart chambers and heart valves (infectious endocarditis), which can be caused by bacteria, fungi, or other infectious substances.

Lung disorders in which the deep lung tissues become swollen and then scarred (interstitial lung disease)

Other causes of clubbing includes:

Celiac disease.

Cirrhosis of the liver and other liver diseases

Dysentery.

Graves disease

Overactive thyroid gland.

Other types of cancer, including liver, gastrointestinal, Hodgkin's lymphoma.

http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/symptoms/clubbing-of-the-fingers-or-toes/overview.html

Best of luck down the road of life.

Take care,

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Anon_999 replied to cardiostarusa1's response:
CardioStar, thank you very much the site was very helpful. I have begun a process to see another specialist. I will take the print out with me and see if they can give the proper diagnosis. It has been a battle to say the least.
 
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cardiostarusa1 replied to Anon_999's response:
You're welcome.

Takre good care,

CardioStar*




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James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
I can't say whether or not a dermatologist is appropriate for you - but it's true that clubbing of the fingers/nails is associated with lower oxygen levels, as seen in some people with chronic lung disease or with some forms of heart disease that result in blood with lower oxygen levels being circulated throughout the body.
 
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Anon_999 responded:
Update on the clubbed fingers/toes I went to my Dermatologist as suggested. To rule out infections or fungus. Non of which I have.

What surprised him was how severe they looked and 1 yr ago they were almost normal looking. He said what has been mentioned here lack of oxygen in the blood from somewhere.

He recommended I go back to the pulm Dr for further testing. That was a joke the Pulm. Dr. he can see how this is caused from my lungs and no other tests need to be done, go see a Cardiologist.

I will be going to a specialist for Internal Medical at a large hospital in hopes they can figure this out. Again thank you for you time If I ever get an answer I will post it.
 
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cardiostarusa1 replied to Anon_999's response:
You're welcome and thank you for the update.
Hope you get a definitive answer.

Take extra-good care,

CardioStar*



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