Woman Feared Cancer, You Won't Believe What Caused Her Lumps
A 30-year-old woman is thanking her lucky stars when she feared she may have developed lymphoma, and was then shocked at what her doctors discovered.
The woman was tested at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with doctors suspecting the worst, but fortunately a biopsy found the lumps under her armpits were actually filled with black ink from her tattoos.
They found that black pigment had collected in a cluster of cells under her armpits, and doctors are now urging others to check their tattoos.
Reporting the unusual case in a medical journal, the doctors believe the lumps were an immune system reaction to the inks in her tattoos.
The researchers stated that, “A large black-ink tattoo that had been present for 15 years covered her back,”
“Another black-ink tattoo on her left shoulder was 2.5 years old.”
The woman, who is a healthy non-smoker, reported having swollen lymph nodes for two weeks.
“We concluded that the diagnosis was granulomatous lymphadenitis, which was probably a hypersensitivity reaction to tattoo pigment,”
The research team, highlighted that 15 per cent of Australians between 16 and 64 have tattoos, and are warning others to check for any reactions and also keep a record of their tattoo history.
“We believe that this case highlights the importance of a careful tattoo history and physical examination,” they said.