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Article
October 1950

DISCUSSION OF TATTOO REACTIONS WITH REPORT OF A CASE SHOWING A REACTION TO A GREEN COLOR

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO; YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO; CHICAGO

From the Department of Dermatology (Dr. Rostenberg and Dr. Caro) and the Allergy Unit (Dr. Rostenberg), University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, and Youngstown Hospital Association, Youngstown, Ohio. (Dr. Brown).

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;62(4):540-547. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530170066008
Abstract

REACTIONS developing at the site of tattoos can be conveniently subdivided into those which arise because of accidents incident to the tattooing process and those which develop because of the deposition of foreign material. Under the first category come the various infections which have been transmitted by this procedure. Under the second category (disregarding the immediate inflammatory reaction which is commonly seen in all tattoos) there are three types of reactions: (1) the development of a locus minoris resistentiae or the alteration of the area in some way so as to predispose it to the localization of various skin diseases, e. g., psoriasis, lupus erythematosus and lichen planus; (2) the development of a foreign body type of reaction presumably arising as a response to the alien material, and (3) the development of an allergic sensitization to one of the introduced colors.

REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE

Unna,1 Ballin,2 Sulzberger,3 Müller,4 Madden,5 Novy,6 Sulzberger,

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