International Journal of Academic Medicine

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

Tattoo-associated complications and related topics: A comprehensive review


Jameson M Petrochko1, Andrew C Krakowski2, Colin Donnelly3, John B Wilson3, Jennifer Bruno Irick3, Stanislaw P Stawicki4 
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

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.


How to cite this article:
Petrochko JM, Krakowski AC, Donnelly C, Wilson JB, Irick JB, Stawicki SP. Tattoo-associated complications and related topics: A comprehensive review.Int J Acad Med 2019;5:19-50


How to cite this URL:
Petrochko JM, Krakowski AC, Donnelly C, Wilson JB, Irick JB, Stawicki SP. Tattoo-associated complications and related topics: A comprehensive review. Int J Acad Med [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Aug 24 ];5:19-50
Available from: http://www.ijam-web.org/article.asp?issn=2455-5568;year=2019;volume=5;issue=1;spage=19;epage=50;aulast=Petrochko;type=0