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Lesions Arising in a Tattoo of an Active Duty US Marine Corps Woman

Summer 2016

Winn AE, Rivard SS, Green B. 16(2). 96 - 100. (Journal Article)


Tattoos are ubiquitous in modern society; however, they do not come without risk of medical complications. When complications arise in the military community, a particularly thorough differential diagnosis should be considered based on the increased exposures service members have during deployment and throughout their military career. We present a case of a 38-year-old active duty US Marine Corps woman with worsening skin lesions arising within a tattoo 6 weeks after acquiring the tattoo on her right chest. Given environmental exposures from a recent deployment to the Middle East, a wide differential was considered. Ultimately, a skin biopsy revealed early hypertrophic scar formation responsive to therapy with intralesional triamcinolone acetonide (Kenalog® [ILK]). However, given the Marine had recently deployed and is part of the active duty population, consideration of alternative, albeit rare, etiologies was imperative.

Keywords: scar, hypertrophic; keloid collagen; tattoo; allergy, red ink; Mycobacterium, cutaneous atypical; sacroidosis, cutaneous; foreign body granuloma; cellulitis

PMID: 27450611

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