A 15-Year-Old Tattoo Caused This Woman's "Cancer"

  • A 15-Year-Old Tattoo Caused This Woman's

A 15-Year-Old Tattoo Caused This Woman's "Cancer"

The woman had a large black tattoo on her back that was inked 15 years ago, and a two-year old tattoo on her shoulder.

A 30 year old woman went to the doctor with two week old lumps underneath her arms which the doctors described as swollen lymph nodes. Christian Bryant, a hematologist at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney.

In a recent study, it found that toxic nanoparticles of titanium dioxide found in tattoo ink can travel through the body and become lodged in the lymph nodes where they then cause problems.

But when one of the nodes was removed to be examined, they found it was not only enlarged, but also discolored.

Old tattoos can still cause new health problems, even if they are 15-years-old.

Dr. Bill Stebbins, director of cosmetic dermatology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, who did not participate in the report, told CNN: "The skin has its own immune cells that are always surveilling the skin".

Rather, they found a cluster of immune cells full of black pigment.

Her conditions, according to one of her doctors, Dr.

She told doctors that occasionally, for a few days a month, her tattooed skin would itch.

On their initial examination, doctors felt a number of "rubbery" lymph nodes some of which were over half an inch in diameter.

Bryant and his colleagues had never seen anything quite like it. Scans of the woman's enlarged nodes suggested they might be lymphoma related.

"I think there's absolutely no way to know how common it is", Bryant said. List of weird and unexpected things a tattoo can do- well it can lead to cancer in the person. Ultimately the woman's doctors concluded that what they were observing was a reaction to the dye used in the woman's tattoos.

The woman is gonna be totally fine, with nearly no lasting effects from the process however professionals have reminded people set to get tattoos to do their research and make sure the artist in question is reputable.

Stebbins said it's important for people to be aware of these rare complications, because people might not realize that a tattoo can cause inflammation years later.

Those potential consequences are why "getting a tattoo may not be a great idea", Ferris said.

There are other potential complications of tattoos, including infections and other inflammatory reactions.

But the Australian woman's case is far less serious. And some doctors had mistaken the swollen lymph nodes as indicative of melanoma.