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Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2013 Jan;26(1):28-9.

Percutaneous tattoo pigment simulating calcific deposits in axillary lymph nodes.

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Departments of Radiology (Yactor, Michell, Leete, Shah, Carter) and Pathology (Koch), Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.


The isolated finding of calcific deposits within axillary lymph nodes on mammography suggests a broad range of differential diagnoses, from benign causes such as granulomatous reaction secondary to previous histoplasmosis infection to malignancies such as breast cancer and metastatic disease from extramammary primary malignancies. Therefore, the isolated finding of intranodal calcium may warrant biopsy for a definitive diagnosis when a benign etiology is not apparent. We present a patient with isolated axillary lymph node densities on mammography and chest computed tomography, which were subsequently proven to represent deposition of tattoo pigment.

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