Long-term safety of India ink tattoos in the colon.

  title={Long-term safety of India ink tattoos in the colon.},
  author={Burton A Shatz and Leonard B Weinstock and Paul E. Swanson and Erik P. Thyssen},
  journal={Gastrointestinal endoscopy},
  volume={45 2},
BACKGROUND When the India ink tattoo is used as a guide for follow-up examinations, the tattoo may remain in the colon for the remainder of that patient's life. This raises the question of the long-term safety of India ink tattoos. The long-term clinical and histologic consequences of the tattoo have not been studied in a large group of patients. METHODS Biopsy specimens were taken from all tattoo marks encountered during postpolypectomy surveillance colonoscopy in 55 patients. Seventeen of… CONTINUE READING

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