Abstract A man 60 years old suddenly developed hard nodules in a tattoo that had been placed 45 years ago. The interest of the case lies in the following points: (1) the histopathology of a biopsied specimen was that of a sarcoid reaction; (2) lung changes were subsequently found that were interpreted as pulmonary sarcoidosis; and (3) the cutaneous lesions began to flatten after the biopsy was taken, and within four months both they and the lung changes had disappeared. References 1. Davis, R.G.: Hazards of Tattooing , US Armed Forces Bull 11:261 ( (March) ) 1960. 2. Madden, J.F.: Reactions in Tattoos , Arch Derm Syph 40:256, 1939.Crossref 3. Sulzberger, M.B., and Tolmach, J.A.: Allergische Aufflamungs-Reactionem in Roten Tatowierungen , Hautarzt 10:110, 1959. 4. Lubeck, G., and Epstein, E.: Complications of Tattooing , Calif Med 76:83, 1952. 5. Lowenthal, L.J.A.: Reactions in Green Tattoos , Arch Derm 82:237, 1960.Crossref 6. Bonnell, J.A.: Skin Reactions at Site of Green and Red Tattoo Marks , Proc Roy Soc Med 49:823, 1956. 7. Sulzberger, M.B.; Kanof, A.; and Baer, R.L.: Complications Following Tattooing: Sensitization and Desensitization to Mercury , US Naval Med Bull 40:889, 1944.
Archives of Dermatology – American Medical Association
Published: Sep 1, 1966