August 11, 2010
Tattooing is associated with a higher risk of hepatitis C, Canadian researchers found in a newly published review and meta-analysis of studies from 30 countries.
Individuals with multiple tattoos over large swaths of skin were at a higher risk of contracting hepatitis C, said lead author Dr. Siavash Jafari of the University of British Columbia (UBC). Bigger tattoos require more punctures for injecting indelible ink and have a higher chance of infection from contaminated needles, he said. Tattoo devices pierce the skin 80 to 150 times per second during the application of a design.
Of 124 studies included from a comprehensive search of case-control, cohort or cross-sectional studies published prior to November 2008, 83 were included in the meta-analysis.
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