Endoscopic tattooing

Sripathi R. Kethu, Subhas Banerjee, David Desilets, David L. Diehl, Francis A. Farraye, Vivek Kaul, Richard S. Kwon, Petar Mamula, Marcos C. Pedrosa, Sarah A. Rodriguez, Louis Michel Wong Kee Song, William M. Tierney

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Endoscopic tattooing is an effective means to enable subsequent endoscopic and surgical localization of luminal digestive tract lesions. India ink has been used effectively in a large number of cases over several decades. When diluted (1:100 with normal saline solution) and injected tangentially in small aliquots (0.5-1 mL), India ink tattooing is safe and long-lasting. One purified carbon particle suspension is the only FDA-approved agent for this indication and its ready-to-use formulation offers convenience. ICG has been used less frequently and appears to be safe but provides a less durable tattoo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)681-685
Number of pages5
JournalGastrointestinal endoscopy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology


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