Tattoo TroubleBMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6816 (Published 19 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:i6816
- Lorne V Mitchell, clinical fellow in dermatology1,
- Dawn M Caruana, locum consultant dermatologist1,
- Grant Wylie, consultant dermatologist2
- 1Walton Building, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, UK
- 2Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow, UK
- Correspondence to LV Mitchell
A patient presented to the dermatology department with a skin eruption over a new tattoo site (fig 1⇓). What is the name of the phenomenon in this picture, and what is the underlying skin condition?
This patient has chronic plaque psoriasis. The development of psoriatic lesions over a new tattoo site is known as the Koebner phenomenon.
Localised skin eruption after cutaneous injury, in this case the development of psoriasis over a recent tattoo site, is described as the Koebner phenomenon.1 …