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September 1963

Reactions to Light in Yellow Tattoos From Cadmium Sulfide

Author Affiliations


From the Institute of Dermatology, St. John's Hospital for Diseases of the Skin, London, England, and the Dermatological Department, Sahlgrenska Sjukhuset, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Arch Dermatol. 1963;88(3):267-271. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590210025003

Of 24 patients with yellow tattoos, 18 observed a swelling reaction in them when they were exposed to sunlight.

Four of these patients also observed a similar type of reaction in the red tattoos.

Tattoos done experimentally with cadmium sulfide were shown to give a swelling reaction when exposed to the wavelengths 3,800, 4,000, and 4,500 Angstroms (A).

Photopatch testing with cadmium sulfide was negative.

Cadmium sulfide is a compound with marked photoconducting properties. The swelling reaction provoked by light in tattoos of cadmium sulfide seems to be phototoxic in nature.

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