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May 1985

Cutaneous Inoculation Tuberculosis Secondary to `Jailhouse Tattooing'

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Dermatology (Drs Horney and Norins) and Medicine (Drs Gaither, Lauer, and Mathur) (Division of Respirology), Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. Dr Horney is now with the University of California-Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento.

Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(5):648-650. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660050100024

• Cutaneous inoculation tuberculosis is rare in the United States today. When seen, it usually occurs in individuals whose occupations or environments place them at increased risk for exposure to Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The reaction of the skin to M tuberculosis infection is polymorphous and depends upon the interplay of bacterial virulence and host immunity. Thus, both a high index of suspicion and positive cultures are required to make the diagnosis. Herein, we report a case of cutaneous inoculation tuberculosis occurring in a tattoo.

(Arch Dermatol 1985;121:648-650)