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"Pokemonitis": the dangers of black henna tattoos


Maiso Merino Ea, Bravo Acuña Jb, Merino Moína Mc

aPediatra. CS Siete Infantes de Lara. Logroño, La Rioja. España.
bPediatra. CS El Greco. Getafe, Madrid. España.
cPediatra. CS El Greco. Getafe, Madrid. España.

Correspondence: E Maiso. Email:

Reference of this article.:

Maiso Merino E, Bravo Acuña J, Merino Moína M. "Pokemonitis": los peligros de los tatuajes con henna negra. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2013;15:251-3.

Published in Internet: 27/08/2013


The so-called temporary tattoos made with black henna are increasingly common during the summer months, especially in children and youth. Henna is a natural dye that is used mixed with other substances, such as phenylenediamine, which may have sensitizing capacity. We describe the case of a four year old boy who presented residual hypopigmented lesions on both forearms a month after the completion of these tattoos. We want to bring these curious images to draw attention to the dangers of black henna.

Keywords: Contact dermatits. Henna. Phenylenediamine. Tattoo.



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