Warts appear in tattoo 20 years after patient was inked

With growing popularity of tattoos, doctors should be aware of the risks for patients

Fans of body art can add warts to the list of potential side effects of tattoos, say doctors who recently treated a patient with a verucca embedded in his ink, 20 years after the initial artwork.

While several cases of human papilloma virus (HPV) infections associated with tattoos have been reported, this one had a latency period of 20 years, write the Canadian dermatologists.