Infected Tattoo Linked to Man's Death
He dies of blood clot 10 days after birthday present from lover
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 15, 2009 8:20 AM CDT
A deep vein thrombosis in the man's calf caused the blood clot in his lung that killed him.   (©PinkMoose)
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(Newser) – An infected tattoo has been linked to the death of a 35-year-old British man, a medical panel has determined. The man died of a blood clot in his lungs 10 days after receiving the tattoo, a birthday present from his girlfriend, on his right calf, reports the Telegraph. The lethal clot originated from a deep vein thrombosis in the leg. Doctors are uncertain if the clot was triggered directly by the tattoo or by the man's inaction due to severe infection pain.