Short reports and correspondence| Volume 60, ISSUE 10, P1164-1165, October 2007

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Henna reaction

      Henna dye has been used increasingly for temporary tattooing over the past 10 years in Western Europe. It provides an easy and cheap method of marking skin, and has now been described for the preoperative marking of skin flaps.
      • Puri V.A.
      • Mahendru S.
      • Rana R.E.
      Use of henna as a skin marker.
      Whilst we agree with the reported benefits of using henna as a preoperative skin marker, we believe a degree of caution should be exercised.
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