Losing a Tattoo, Gaining a Tumor

For safety reasons, tattoos should never be placed on pigmented lesions and that if they are, excision should occur before starting laser tattoo removal.

An unintended consequence of laser tattoo removal in a 29-year-old man was a diagnosis of malignant melanoma, according to a German case report.

The laser specialists had been unable to fully evaluate potential melanomatous changes in the nevus clinically because of the presence of black ink pigments, they explained online in JAMA Dermatology.

Primary source: JAMA Dermatology
Source reference: Pohl L, et al "Pitfalls and recommendations in cases of laser removal of decorative tattoos with pigmented lesions: case report and review of the literature" JAMA Dermatol 2013; DOI: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.4901.


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