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September 1966

Sarcoidosis: Report of a Case of Sarcoid Lesions in a Tattoo and Subsequent Discovery of Pulmonary Sarcoidosis

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine, New York.

Arch Dermatol. 1966;94(3):320-325. doi:10.1001/archderm.1966.01600270070014

A man 60 years old suddenly developed hard nodules in a tattoo that had been placed 45 years ago. The interest of the case lies in the following points: (1) the histopathology of a biopsied specimen was that of a sarcoid reaction; (2) lung changes were subsequently found that were interpreted as pulmonary sarcoidosis; and (3) the cutaneous lesions began to flatten after the biopsy was taken, and within four months both they and the lung changes had disappeared.