Tramp-stamp oedema

Dr Henry Knipe and A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

Tramp-stamp oedema is a colloquial term used by some radiologists to denote posterior lumbar subcutaneous oedema. The term is used to describe oedema in the distribution seen with lower back tattoos, usually in young women, which are known pejoratively as tramp-stamps. 

This oedema is thought to be related to a recumbent position and is associated with elevated body mass index 1, and is most commonly of no significance. 

Share article

Article information

rID: 30983
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Tramp stamp oedema
  • Tramp-stamp edema

Support Radiopaedia and see fewer ads

Cases and figures

  • Drag
    Case 1
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Drag
    Case 2
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Updating… Please wait.

    Alert accept

    Error Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

    Alert accept Thank you for updating your details.