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July 21, 2008

The Dragon With Atypical Mole Syndrome

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Arch Dermatol. 2008;144(7):948-949. doi:10.1001/archderm.144.7.948

Tattooing over benign melanocytic nevi raises several issues. The trauma induced by the procedure may trigger sudden clinical and pathologic modifications of a nevus requiring surgical removal and pathologic examination.1 We wish to highlight here another matter of concern: tattoos can considerably disturb the surveillance of nevi in patients needing careful, long-term follow-up.