Doctors beat a patient's cancer alert because of old tattoo

tattoo trend continues unabated

tattoos continue to be a mass trend. Almost one in ten in Germany, according to the Stiftung Warentest a tattoo, among the 16 to 29-year-olds even almost one in four. That the ornaments of the body can have a bad aftermath, has now experienced a woman from Australia. The 30-year-old had discovered small bumps under her arms, but otherwise felt completely healthy. After further investigation, however, everything pointed to a malignant tumor - a shock to the young patient. But in the end everything turned out differently, because it turned out that a 15-year-old tattoo was responsible for the thickening under the armpits.

An old tattoo has caused a great shock to a young woman.(Image: belyjmishka /

No other symptoms

According to the report, the woman came to the hospital after feeling palpated lymph nodes under her arms. She had no other symptoms, such as fever, night sweats, weight loss, or cough, and appeared healthy except for the small knots under the armpit. However, an X-ray showed other swollen lymph glands, including in the lungs.

physicians remove the black tumor

Since the lymph nodes in the patient had been enlarged for some time and there was no infectious disease or inflammation, the doctors suspected a serious cause: "99 percent of this is cancer," said the attending physician. Christian Bryant, according to the broadcaster "CNN".The physicians at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney removed one of the lymph nodes and revealed a scary-looking, black tumor. But a close examination brought a surprising result: The reason for the swollen nodes were not cancer cells, but the ink of a 15-year-old tattoo, which covered the back of the woman.

immune cells monitor the skin

But how can that be? As the experts explain, the patient's immune system apparently reacted to the tattoo."The skin has its own immune cells that always monitor the skin," Dr. Bill Stebbins, director of cosmetic dermatology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

After the immune cells "discovered" the tattoo ink and identified it as a foreign substance, they picked it up and tried to destroy it. But that did not work because the color pigments were too big for the cells. As a result, the pigments of the tattoo colors had migrated as nanoparticles through the body and had accumulated over the years in the lymph nodes - until the end of dark, large tumors emerged.

Reaction Reaction Remains Unknown

However, it is a mystery why the reaction started only fifteen years after the tattoo. The doctors could not have clearly explained what was the trigger, said Bryant. Although the patient stated that her tattoos occasionally caused itching, but only for a few days each month. However, the type of inflammatory reaction in her lymph nodes - called granuloma - was not found in her skin.

An absolutely unusual case for Bryant and his colleagues - and the first time they have seen something like this, CNN announces."Most people who have tattoos have absolutely no problems," says Bryant."In our practice, we do a lot of laser tattoo removal, and sometimes we see people who develop allergic reactions to the ink," explains the director of the Juva Skin and Laser Center in Manhattan. Bruce Katz. However, these reactions would lead to red and not to black pigmentations.

No further danger to the patient

According to the report, the lymph node swelling of the woman has since declined."The lady will have no more difficulties. That is, we can look at the case with interest without feeling sad, "said Bryant."That does not happen often in my job," said the doctor.

itching and inflammation through tattoo colors

experts warn again and again about health hazards caused by tattoos. It is not uncommon for bleeding to occur and allergic reactions to the pigments in the paints, which can be manifested by an itchy rash or even severe inflammation, are common. Accordingly, the tattooing should necessarily be performed by a qualified person and only under strict sanitary conditions.

What you should look for in tattoos

But what characterizes a good tattoo artist? When choosing the studio, attention should be paid to hygiene. So check carefully if the tattoo artist wears fresh disposable gloves and uses sterile( not distilled) water to dilute the colors. Likewise, a clean job should be self-evident.

instruments and materials such as needles, paper towels, swabs for skin injuries, etc. should generally be used only as a disposable material. A reputable tattoo artist can also be recognized by the fact that he does not immediately "sting", but first of all advises the customer thoroughly and explains possible risks.(nr)

Cancer Shock for Tattoo
Shock for a young woman from Australia: After discovering the 30-year-old swollen lymph nodes under her arms, the doctors were diagnosed with cancer. This was obvious, as the swelling of the lymph nodes had existed for a long time and could not be attributed to inflammation or infection. But a detailed examination of a knot revealed something astonishing: for it was not cancer cells, but the color pigments of an old tattoo, which were responsible for the development of the tumor. The unusual case has now been published in the journal "Annals of Internal Medicine".

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