Journal Article

Infectious Complications of Body Piercing

S. Samantha M. Tweeten and Leland S. Rickman

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 26, issue 3, pages 735-740
Published in print March 1998 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 1998 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/514586
Infectious Complications of Body Piercing

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Body piercing appears to be gaining in popularity and social acceptance. With the increase in the number of piercings, it is likely that health care providers may see an increase in the complications resulting from these piercings. These may include the transmission of hepatitis viruses and bacteria at the time of the piercing or in the course of wound care. We review the infectious complications that have resulted from body piercing and have been documented in the medical literature.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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