Tramp-stamp oedema

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 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 little significance. 

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

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