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MAGLIANO; QUERCIA, Leticia; MARTINEZ, Miguel  and  BORGES, Alejandra Larre. Current importance of BCG-scar tatoo. Arch. Med Int [online]. 2014, vol.36, n. 1, pp.39-40. ISSN 0250-3816.

In Uruguay, from 1940 to 1978, BCG vaccination was performed by multi- punctures technique. It consisted in the administration of vaccine lymph drops in the right arm of the newborn, while simultaneously, a tattoo was made in the left big toe. This technique was performed on all the children who were born in Pereira Rossell Hospital, allowing to have an indelible mark that would show in the future that the person had been vaccinated. These “tattoos” clinically represent rounded lesions of a few millimeters, blue or blue-gray in color, and exhibit an homogeneous dermoscopic pattern. The differential diagnosis to keep in mind, especially if you have a history of tattooing, is melanoma.

Keywords : BCG vaccine; dermatoscopy; tattoo.

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