Med School Clubbing

The definition of 'clubbing'  changes after you go to medical school! 


Clubbing of the Digits

Definition: Occurs when the angle between nail plate and proximal nail fold is greater than 180 degrees.


Important disorders associated with digital clubbing include:


Pulmonary Disorders

  • Lung Cancer

  • Pus in the lung (Bronchiectasis, lung abscess, empyema)

  • Pulmonary fibrosis

Cardiac Disorders

  • Cyanotic Congenital Heart diseases (R=>L Shunts)

  • Endocarditis

  • Pericarditis



Photo Credit: ©2015 Sidsandyy Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported


#1 tripthi 2016-01-20 01:42
The lovibond angle > 180 in clubbing ,also called positive schamroths sign . Hippocrates was the first to document it , hence also called the hippocratic fingers :P
Category: Pathology Mnemonics

Support Barone

Support this Website

by using these links:




HockeyMonkey has what you need to play. Click Here!