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Risks of tattoo pigments: Identification and estimation of the potential hazard of pigments by means of pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry

Tattoo pigments can cause a large number of toxic effects in humans. In addition to infections and allergies, the formation of potentially carcinogenic substances is of scientific interest. The thermal decomposition of the colouring pigments was simulated at the BfR with the help of pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. Some of the decomposition products are also to be expected through the influence of sunlight or during laser removal.

The articles on the possible risks and data gaps, as well as the health-damaging decomposition products of tattoo pigments were published in the journal "Archives of Toxicology".

At the dark end of the rainbow: data gaps in tattoo toxicology (Guest Editorial)
Ines Schreiver, Andreas Luch
Archives of Toxicology, July 2016, Volume 90, Issue 7, pp 1763-1765
First Online: 11 May 2016
DOI: 10.1007/s00204-016-1740-9 (Open Access)
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00204-016-1740-9

Identification and hazard prediction of tattoo pigments by means of pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry
Ines Schreiver, Christoph Hutzler, Sarah Andree, Peter Laux, Andreas Luch
Archives of Toxicology, July 2016, Volume 90, Issue 7, pp 1639-1650
First Online: 21 May 2016
DOI: 10.1007/s00204-016-1739-2 (Open Access)
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00204-016-1739-2

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