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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18-22

Histopathologic spectrum of reactions to black tattoo pigment: a report of five cases from India

Department of Pathology, St. John's Medical College, Bangalore, India

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Gnanapriya Vellaisamy
Department of Pathology, St. John's Medical College, Sarjapur Road, Bangalore 560034
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DOI: 10.4103/ejdv.ejdv_30_17

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There is an increasing prevalence of cutaneous adverse reactions to tattoos. The reactions range from inflammatory, infectious, to neoplastic conditions. Colored tattoo inks are most commonly implicated in such cases. Black tattoo pigment is generally considered inert. We describe a series of five cases of adverse reactions to black tattoo pigment, a rare feature. The age of these patients ranged from 17 to 24 years. There were four men and one woman. The patterns observed were lichenoid, tuberculoid granulomatous, granuloma annulare-like, pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia, and minimal dermal infiltrate.

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