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Will a nail grow back if it came out completely due to an injury?

My son smashed his index finger between two dumb bell weights on Monday.  He nearly severed the tip and now has 11 stiches.

Related Topics: Injury, Index Finger, Nail, Weight, Stitches
 

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Good news! Here is an article on nail problems and injuries that contains the following statement, along with a lot of other great information:

"Separation from the nail bed. Once your nail separates from its nail bed, for whatever reason, it will not reattach. Nails grow back slowly. It takes about 6 months for fingernails and up to 18 months for toenails to grow back attached to the nail bed."

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Usually, but you had quite a crush injury. The body has a remarkable ability to re-grow a lost or damaged nail assuming the matrix (the base of the nail that has the cells needed to regenerate the nail) has not been damaged. A damaged matrix may cause the nail to grow back somewhat deformed or have a ridge. When we lose a finger, we do not grow a new one, but when we lose a nail, the body likes to replace it. Time will tell if your nail re-grows again, and comes in normally.

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