Tattoo leaks into lymph nodes

This ink was more than skin deep

A case in which a woman’s body art seeped into her lymph nodes and was mistaken for cancer has highlighted the dangers of tattoo ink, even decades later.


The 30-year-old patient presented to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney after feeling lumps in both underarms for two weeks.

On examination, doctors noted numerous rubbery, non-tethered nodes up to 1.5cm in diameter.

A PET-CT revealed multiple enlarged lymph nodes, which were thought to be consistent with lymphoma.

However, when they removed one of the lumps from