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September 1969

Sarcoidal Reactions in Tattoos

Author Affiliations

USN, San Diego, Calif

From the Dermatology Service, Naval Hospital, San Diego, Calif.

Arch Dermatol. 1969;100(3):315-319. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610270057013

A sarcoidal reaction in a tattoo may be an isolated finding or it may represent a cutaneous sign of systemic disease. Two cases of systemic sarcoidosis with granulomatous reactions in tattoos are reported. In each the presenting complaint was the development of a nodule within a tattoo of many years duration. The diagnosis was suspected when histological examination of an intracutaneous nodule revealed a granulomatous reaction of the sarcoidal type. Further studies such as biopsy of lymph nodes, chest x-ray films, and culture studies established the diagnosis. The need for complete evaluation of patients with sarcoidal reactions in tattoos is stressed.

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