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Tattoo inoculation lupus vulgaris in two Indian ladies

Tattoo inoculation lupus vulgaris in two Indian ladies Two middle‐aged housewives presented for asymptomatic skin lesions over tattoo designs over their forearms of 3 and 6 months’ duration. The lesions had started over blue‐black tattoo designs, placed about 2 and 3 years earlier, by a roadside tattoo artists. The lady tattoo artists had used their saliva to moisten the tattoo needles, used for tattooing a group of ladies. No topical application was used subsequently. There was no history of tuberculosis in the patients or family members. The tattoo artists were not traceable for investigations. Cutaneous examination of first case showed a single raised, erythematous plaque situated over a tattoo design on the extensor aspect of the left elbow, about 40 × 30 mm in size, 3–4 mm in thickness with destruction of a few tattoos ( fig. 1 ). It was soft with scaling, mild crusting and atrophy at places. There were erythematous, papular lesions on the medial edge where an apple‐jelly sign was elicited. The second patient had an atrophic, soft plaque about 9 × 4 cm in size situated over a tattoo design with her name, a part of which was destroyed due to the scarring. Multiple erythematous papules were seen at periphery and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology Wiley

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0926-9959
eISSN
1468-3083
DOI
10.1111/j.1468-3083.2006.01471.x
pmid
16643161
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Abstract

Two middle‐aged housewives presented for asymptomatic skin lesions over tattoo designs over their forearms of 3 and 6 months’ duration. The lesions had started over blue‐black tattoo designs, placed about 2 and 3 years earlier, by a roadside tattoo artists. The lady tattoo artists had used their saliva to moisten the tattoo needles, used for tattooing a group of ladies. No topical application was used subsequently. There was no history of tuberculosis in the patients or family members. The tattoo artists were not traceable for investigations. Cutaneous examination of first case showed a single raised, erythematous plaque situated over a tattoo design on the extensor aspect of the left elbow, about 40 × 30 mm in size, 3–4 mm in thickness with destruction of a few tattoos ( fig. 1 ). It was soft with scaling, mild crusting and atrophy at places. There were erythematous, papular lesions on the medial edge where an apple‐jelly sign was elicited. The second patient had an atrophic, soft plaque about 9 × 4 cm in size situated over a tattoo design with her name, a part of which was destroyed due to the scarring. Multiple erythematous papules were seen at periphery and

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Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & VenereologyWiley

Published: Apr 1, 2006

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