Abstract Number: 8

Cutaneous reaction to ultraviolet tattoo: Case report and a review of the literature

J. Ng , J. Opie, R. Nixon

Meeting: 2012 Dermcoll

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Session Title: Contact Dermatitis Symposium

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Cutaneous reactions to tattoos are uncommon but are often striking. Tattoo reactions are diverse histopathologically and may be granulomatous, lichenoid, pseudolymphomatous, granuloma-annulare-like, pseudoepitheliomatous, as well as involving other less common reaction patterns. Allergic contact dermatitis to specifi c pigments may occur. In recent times, allergic contact dermatitis to p-phenylenediamine has caused reactions in temporary tattoos, falsely attributed to henna. We report a case of cutaneous reaction to tattoos with ultra- violet ink, a relatively novel tattoo substance whose use may be increasingly common, and therefore of clinical importance.