Thickening fingertips (eardrum sticks syndrome) may be a sign of lung cancer, Amy Hearst of the British Cancer Society told Express.
According to the specialist, this deformity is not the most common symptom of the disease, but it can also indicate other negative changes in the body.
“Syndrome of drumsticks manifests itself as changes in the shape of nails or fingers, which begin to look swollen,” said Hearst.
It is recommended to pay attention to the following changes:
-The nails are soft and the skin around them is shiny;
-The nails bend more than usual;
-Fingertip ends may become larger.
If such problems are detected, the expert advises you to consult a doctor immediately.
“This is due to the fact that more blood is poured into this area than usual. But we do not fully understand why this happens,” the organization specified.
Hirst added that there are many other symptoms of lung cancer. These include persistent coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, difficulty swallowing, hoarse voice, swelling of face or neck.
A symptom of drum sticks is a flask-shaped thickening of the end phalanges of the fingers and feet with a characteristic deformation of the nail plates in the form of watch glasses.