Table of ContentsDefinition / general | Case reports | Microscopic (histologic) images | Differential diagnosis
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Definition / general
- May cause lymphadenopathy, usually resolves spontaneously
- Pigment initially within keratinocytes, fibroblasts, macrophages and mast cells; later only within dermal fibroblasts surrounded by connective tissue; eventually tattoo ink appears in regional lymph nodes
- Melanoma patients should be questioned regarding history of tattoos, particularly prior to sentinel node treatment (Int Semin Surg Oncol 2005;2:28)
- Histologic confirmation of melanoma in nodes is necessary to avoid unnecessary surgery (Dermatol Surg 1996;22:92)
Microscopic (histologic) images