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Surgical Treatment of Tattoo Complications

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  1. Identification of pigments related to allergic tattoo reactions in 104 human skin biopsies

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  2. Healing of Diabetic Foot Ulcers in Patients Treated at the Copenhagen Wound Healing Center in 1999/2000 and in 2011/2012

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  3. Mortality and complications after treatment of acute diabetic Charcot foot

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  4. Risk Factors for Premature Death in Diabetes Patients who Undergo Amputations below Ankle Level

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With a continuing increase in the number of tattoos performed worldwide, the need to treat tattoo complications is growing. Earlier treatments of chronic inflammatory tattoo reactions were dominated by a medical approach, or with no active intervention. In this chapter, we will address modern surgical approaches applied to situations when medical treatment is inefficient and lasers are not applicable. Dermatome shaving is positioned as first-line treatment of allergic tattoo reactions and also indicated in a number of other tattoo reactions, supplemented with excision in selected cases. The methods allow fundamental treatment with removal of the culprit pigment from the dermis. The different instruments, surgical methods, and treatment schedules are reviewed, and a guide to surgeons is presented. Postoperative treatments and the long-term outcomes are described in detail. An algorithm on specialist treatment and follow-up of tattoo reactions, which can be practiced in other countries, is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiagnosis and Therapy of Tattoo Complications : With Atlas of Illustrative Cases
EditorsJ Serup, W Bäumler
Number of pages12
PublisherS. Karger AG
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)978-3-318-05977-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-318-05978-6
Publication statusPublished - 2017
SeriesCurrent Problems in Dermatology

    Research areas

  • Algorithms, Denmark, Dermatitis, Dermatologic Surgical Procedures, Granuloma, Foreign-Body, Humans, Hypersensitivity, Skin Diseases, Skin Neoplasms, Tattooing, Journal Article

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