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Guerrillero Heroico - a lasting impression.
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PMID:  21030326     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
What once was simply a cultural tradition is fast becoming a popular phenomenon amongst Western tourists. Temporary henna tattoo designs performed by street or beach vendors are prevalent throughout the Middle East and Asia, particularly in holiday resorts. The public may be mistaken in thinking that the fashionable trend comes without significant risk. The main ingredient in the temporary tattooing method is henna (Lawsonia inermis),(1) a flowering plant with dyeing properties that takes only several hours to be absorbed but provides an effect lasting around ten to fifteen days on the recipient's skin.(2) The side effects of henna tattoos are well documented in the literature, although it is not clear whether the side effects directly relate to the henna ingredient or the additives used to prolong the designs.(2) The most commonly noted complications include allergic contact dermatitis, infection, hypertrophic and keloid scarring and temporary or permanent hypo- or hyperpigmentation. In very rare cases, type 1 hypersensitivity reactions (angioedema and anaphylaxis) have been reported.(2) The following case report highlights several of these complications and the relevant management.
S H A Shah; T Clarke; J Packer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-10-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of plastic, reconstructive & aesthetic surgery : JPRAS     Volume:  64     ISSN:  1878-0539     ISO Abbreviation:  J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101264239     Medline TA:  J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  816-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Royal Preston Hospital, Sharoe Green Lane, Preston PR29HT, United Kingdom.
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