The Puzzling Case of the Presurgical Spray Tan

Yet another mystery presented itself to the medical profession, and yielded to the detective powers thereof. Details are in the study:

Discourage the presurgical spray tan  — Physicians were puzzled by the patient’s postoperative skin damage,” Miriam S. Krause, Henry Bohler, Steven T. Nakajima, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, epub April 2, 2013. The authors, at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky, report:

“As far as we can tell, this is the first report of an interaction between spray-tanning agents, presurgical antiseptic solutions, and the adhesive tape used in surgical drapes…. patients should be advised not to undergo spray tanning in close proximity to a surgical intervention.”

(Thanks to investigator Ivan Oransky for bringing this to our attention.)