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Black Tattoos Entail Substantial Uptake of Genotoxicpolycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) in Human Skin and Regional Lymph Nodes

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Lehner, Karin ; Santarelli, Francesco ; Vasold, Rudolf ; Penning, Randolph ; Sidoroff, Alexis ; König, Burkhard ; Landthaler, Michael ; Bäumler, Wolfgang
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 04 Apr 2014 12:24


Hundreds of millions of people worldwide have tattoos, which predominantly contain black inks consisting of soot products like Carbon Black or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). We recently found up to 200 mg/g of PAH in commercial black inks. After skin tattooing, a substantial part of the ink and PAH should be transported to other anatomical sites like the regional lymph nodes. To allow a ...


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