Tattoos and cancer have been in the news quite a bit lately. In September, a report was released indicating that tiny particles of tattoo ink can become embedded in the lymph nodes. You can read our take on that here. At the beginning of October, a fascinating story about an extremely rare case of lymph node inflammation mimicking lymphoma was released out of Australia.
A 30-year-old woman sought medical advice after she had noticed lumps under her arms. The lumps had been present for two weeks. A body scan reveled that there were more enlarged lymph nodes near her lungs. These symptoms are consistent with lymphoma. Her lymph nodes were not inflamed because of cancer, however. When her doctors removed a lymph node from her armpit, they found it to be full of black ink pigment from one of her two black ink tattoos.
The woman had an extremely large black ink tattoo covering her back that was fifteen years old and a smaller one on her shoulder that was two years old. Why her immune system suddenly decided to react is unknown to the doctors, who noted that allergic reactions to tattoo ink are sometimes seen, but more commonly with red inks. This was a new phenomenon for all medical personnel involved in the case and it is unknown how common it is.
Most people do not have any complications with tattoo ink, but it is important to be aware of cases like this, even the rare ones, and to mention your tattoos to your physician.
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