Tattoo = No Epidural?

Lately there's been online chatter about the risk of having a tattoo, namely a lower back tattoo.  And it may not be the risks that your thinking of.  Could having a lower back tattoo mean you will be denied an epidural in labor?  Some anesthesiologists argue that the tattoo ink can leak into the epidural space, posing a health risk.  But is there any science to back up this theory?

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