Tattoo associated retinochoroiditis

Arch Soc Esp Oftalmol (Engl Ed). 2018 Apr;93(4):193-197. doi: 10.1016/j.oftal.2017.07.002. Epub 2017 Aug 24.
[Article in English, Spanish]


Clinical case: A young woman was referred to our offices with impairment of visual acuity after she received a third tattoo on her arm. Systemic medical and laboratory work-up were performed in order to exclude an infectious agent or inflammatory disease. A yellowish juxtafoveal lesion in left eye along with a plaque-like outer retinal disruption and focal pigmentary defects was assessed using multi-modal diagnostic imaging.

Discussion: Ophthalmologists treating uveitis should consider this uncommon association and question patients regarding tattoos and tattoo inflammation given the rise of subjects undergoing artistic tattooing.

Keywords: Coroiditis multifocal; Multifocal choroiditis; Retinochoroiditis; Retinocoroiditis; Tattoo; Tatuaje; Uveitis; Uveítis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Chorioretinitis / diagnostic imaging
  • Chorioretinitis / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Tattooing / adverse effects*
  • Young Adult