Journal Article

Antibiotic prophylaxis, body piercing and infective endocarditis

Beverley C. Millar and John E. Moore

in Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Published on behalf of British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Volume 53, issue 2, pages 123-126
Published in print February 2004 | ISSN: 0305-7453
Published online February 2004 | e-ISSN: 1460-2091 | DOI:
Antibiotic prophylaxis, body piercing and infective endocarditis

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Infective endocarditis (IE) is associated with a high degree of morbidity and mortality and generally presents in patients with altered and abnormal heart architecture combined with exposure to bacteria through trauma and other potentially high-risk activities, including body piercing. Modern social behaviour has resulted in increased popularity of the practice of body piercing, particularly amongst the adolescent population and there has been a marked rise of cases of IE directly attributable to this practice. In this article we wish to examine the aetiology of such cases reported in the literature, with particular emphasis on causal organism, as well as to discuss the role of antibiotic prophylaxis and awareness in such at-risk patients within the primary care community.

Keywords: Keywords: endocarditis, body piercing, tattoos, antibiotic prophylaxis, guidelines

Journal Article.  2240 words. 

Subjects: Medical Oncology ; Critical Care

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