Potential Surgical and Oncologic Consequences Related to Skin Tattoos in the Treatment of Cervical Cancer

KOEHLER C., FOIATO T., MARNITZ S., Schneider A., LE X., Dogan N. U., ...More

JOURNAL OF MINIMALLY INVASIVE GYNECOLOGY, vol.23, no.7, pp.1083-1087, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jmig.2016.07.016
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1083-1087
  • Keywords: Early cervical cancer, Lower limb skin tattoo, Sentinel lymphadenectomy, SENTINEL LYMPH-NODE, METASTASIS, MANAGEMENT, SURGERY, PATIENT, CARE
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


Study Objective: Skin tattoos on the feet, legs, and lower abdominal wall are progressively gaining popularity. Consequently, the number of tattooed women with cervical cancer has significantly increased in the last decade. However, pigments of tattoo ink can be transported to regional lymph nodes and potentially clog lymphatic pathways that might also be used by sentinel labeling substances. Therefore, here we report whether the presence of tattoo ink affected pelvic lymph nodes in women with early cervical cancer and discuss its potential oncologic and surgical consequences.