An analytical electron microscopic study of a corneal tattoo

Ann Ophthalmol. 1983 Nov;15(11):1046-9.


A case of corneal tattoo was studied histologically, and by electron microscopy. Most of the electron dense granules were seen in keratocytes, either singly or in clumps; some were found between collagen fibrils. Platinum was localized in the granules by means of x-ray microanalysis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Cicatrix / therapy*
  • Cornea / ultrastructure*
  • Corneal Diseases / therapy
  • Corneal Opacity / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Microscopy, Electron, Scanning
  • Pigments, Biological
  • Tattooing* / methods


  • Pigments, Biological