Cutaneous inoculation of nontuberculous mycobacteria during professional tattooing: a case series and epidemiologic study.

@article{Falsey2013CutaneousIO,
  title={Cutaneous inoculation of nontuberculous mycobacteria during professional tattooing: a case series and epidemiologic study.},
  author={Ryan R. Falsey and Michael H Kinzer and Stanley Hurst and Andrea Kalus and Paul Pottinger and Jeffrey S. Duchin and Jiong Zhang and Judith A Noble-Wang and Michi M Shinohara},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  year={2013},
  volume={57 6},
  pages={
          e143-7
        }
}
BACKGROUND  The increase in popularity of tattoos has coincided with an increase in reports of cutaneous inoculation of nontuberculous (atypical) mycobacteria (NTM) during the tattooing process. We report 3 NTM infections in otherwise healthy persons who received tattoos, which prompted a multiagency epidemiologic investigation. METHODS  Tattoo artists involved were contacted and interviewed regarding practices, ink procurement and use, and other symptomatic clients. Additional patients were… CONTINUE READING

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