January - March 2021

A study of clinicopathological correlation of patients with Tattoo reaction

Yash Dhamecha1*, Shyamkumar Makadia2, Hiral Shah3, Neela Bhuptani4

1,23rd year Resident Doctor, 3Associate Professor, 4Professor and Head, Department of D.V.L. (Skin), P.D.U. Govt. Medical College and Hospital, Rajkot, Gujarat.



BACKGROUND: Placement of tattoos can be accidental, purposeful, decorative or for medical reasons.In modern times, tattooing is gaining societal acceptance, although obtaining a tattoo remains associated with risk-taking behavior. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The present study comprises of 17 cases of tattoo reactions examined clinically and histopathologically at the Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, P. D. U. Government Medical College and Hospital, Rajkot, Gujarat. Laboratory investigations including complete blood count, serum hepatitis-B surface antigen, serum HIV, mantoux test, chest X-ray was done in all the patients. RESULTS: The combination of Red and Black dye (70.58 %) was most commonly resulted in tattoo reaction. The granuloma annulare like pattern (64.7 %) was the commonest pattern on histopathological examination. CONCLUSION: This study aided in finding and reporting the rarely seen Granuloma Annulare like pattern on the histopathological examination of the tattoo reaction lesion and its association with the combination of the Red and Black dye.  


Key words: Tattoo reaction, Granuloma annulare like pattern, Red and Black dye


Keywords: clinicopathological correlation of patients

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