Uveitis can occur as an immune-based reaction following placement of a tattoo.


Possible mechanisms:

(1) delayed allergic reaction to a component of the tattoo ink with T cell activation

(2) sarcoidosis


Clinical features:

(1) The onset of visual symptoms following placement of a tattoo.

(2) The tattoo site shows inflammation (with granulomatous response seen on biopsy).

(3) An eye exam shows uveitis with or without macular edema.

(4) The uveitis improves with systemic immunosuppression and/or excision of the implicated tattoo.

(5) The patient may have a history of other allergic or immune disorders (asthma, psoriasis, etc).


To read more or access our algorithms and calculators, please log in or register.