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Looking beyond the cosmetic tattoo lesion near the eyebrow: Screening the lungs


1 Skin diseases and Leishmaniasis Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
2 Cancer Research Center, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan; Department of Ophthalmology, Students' Research Committee, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
3 Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Pharmacy Students' Research Committee, School of Pharmacy, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
4 Department of Orthodontics, Dental School, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

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F Bagheri,
Department of Orthodontics, Dental School, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran
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Cosmetic tattooing has become a risk factor for several adverse reactions related to inks, procedures, and associated clinical conditions. Development of a sarcoid reaction to the inserted tattoo pigment in the skin is not common. We report a 45 year-old patient with history of dyspnea and mild cough since two years who had subsequently developed reddish, scaly lesions in her 15-year old tattoo done near her right eyebrow. Skin biopsy of the tattoo lesion revealed cutaneous sarcoidosis which led to further investigations and a diagnosis of pulmonary sarcoidosis. The present case highlights the fact that cutaneous sarcoidosis can develop in a long-standing tattoo. Also such a patient should be screened for systemic sarcoidosis disease.


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