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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 19-50

Tattoo-associated complications and related topics: A comprehensive review


1 Temple/St. Luke's School of Medicine, St. Luke's University Health Network, University Hospital, Bethlehem, USA
2 Department of Dermatology, St. Luke's University Health Network – Anderson Campus, Easton Pennsylvania, USA
3 Department of Emergency Medicine, St. Luke's University Health Network – Anderson Campus, Easton Pennsylvania, USA
4 Department of Research and Innovation, St. Luke's University Health Network, University Hospital, Bethlehem, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Stanislaw P Stawicki
Department of Research and Innovation, St. Luke's University Health Network, University Hospital, Bethlehem, Easton Pennsylvania
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/IJAM.IJAM_13_19

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As tattoos become more common, it is likely that practitioners will encounter adverse tattoo reactions with increasing frequency. While some tattoo-related complications (TRCs) may be nonspecific and challenging to diagnose, others present overtly and can be identified quickly by a well-informed practitioner. TRCs occur at both of these extremes, highlighting the need for better awareness and knowledge sharing regarding this heterogeneous group of morbidities. This review is a result of a compilation of the best available clinical evidence across various groupings of TRCs. The authors' intent was to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the topic while creating a rich repository of referenced knowledge for future investigations. From the standpoint of frontline health-care providers, effective recognition and management of TRCs require an open-mind, high degree of clinical suspicion, and nonjudgmental approach to a mainstream phenomenon that is still considered by many to be a taboo. The following core competencies are addressed in this article: Medical knowledge, Patient care, and Systems-based practice.


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