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November 2007

Comparison of Treatment Options for a Monsel Tattoo

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Copyright 2007 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2007

Arch Dermatol. 2007;143(11):1447-1462. doi:10.1001/archderm.143.11.1452

Monsel solution is a hemostatic agent used in minor surgical procedures. It scleroses blood vessels by depositing ferric salts that precipitate proteins. Rarely, these deposits remain visible in the skin creating a Monsel tattoo. Herein we compare 3 methods used to treat a Monsel tattoo.

A 34-year-old man underwent a shave biopsy on his back. Monsel solution was applied for hemostasis. Histologic analysis showed an intradermal nevocellular nevus with clear margins. Two months later, the patient presented with a 1.2 × 1.0-cm brown patch over the entire biopsy scar.

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