Desmoplastic intradermal spitz nevi arising within red tattoo ink

Blair D. Saunders, Mimi Nguyen, Jayne S Joo, Thomas Konia, Danielle Tartar

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Tattoos present a diagnostic challenge for dermatologists. Various reactions to tattoo have been identified in the literature ranging from allergic, to infectious, to neoplastic. Of the neoplastic cases identified, it is unclear whether the tattoo ink was directly causative, or if the cases were merely coincidence, as the number of cutaneous malignancies has also been on the rise. We present a novel case of two desmoplastic intradermal Spitz nevi arisinq within red tattoo ink.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5
JournalDermatology Online Journal
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018


  • Desmoplastic Spitz
  • Red ink
  • Spitz nevus
  • Tattoo reaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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