Cases J 2010 Jan 25;3:37. Epub 2010 Jan 25.
Department of Clinical Infectious Diseases and Cardiac Surgery, Tor Vergata University Hospital, V, Montpellier 1, 00133, Rome, Italy.
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Arch Mal Coeur Vaiss 2006 Jun;99(6):629-31
Service de cardiologie, CHU de Caen.
We report a case of a 16 years old girl who was affected by a septicemia with a septic arthritis of the wrist and a tricuspid endocarditis, 3 months after a navel piercing. The blood culture and the liquid of puncture showed Staphylococcus aureus. A treatment prolonged by intravenous antibiotics permitted a progressive regression of endocarditis, without surgical intervention. Read More
J Med Case Rep 2011 Aug 1;5:336. Epub 2011 Aug 1.
Department of Internal Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Inha University Hospital, Incheon City, Joong-gu, Sinheung-dong 3, Republic of Korea.
Introduction: Ear piercing is a common practice among Korean adolescents and young women and usually is performed by nonmedical personnel, sometimes under suboptimal hygienic conditions. Consequently, ear piercing has been associated with various infectious complications, including fatal infective endocarditis. We report a case of infective endocarditis that was caused by community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus after ear piercing and that was accompanied by a noticeable facial rash. Read More
Scand J Infect Dis 2006 ;38(2):130-2
Department of Internal Medicine, Inha University Hospital, Incheon, Republic of Korea.
Body piercing in young adults is on the rise in western countries and also in Korea. It is usually practised by non-medical persons, and therefore frequently entails local adverse events. Serious complications, such as septic arthritis or infective endocarditis, are occasionally reported, but infective endocarditis in patients with normal cardiac valve is rare. Read More
Cardiology 2007 30;108(3):159-60. Epub 2006 Oct 30.
Department of Internal Medicine, Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel.
We describe a case of Streptococcus viridans endocarditis in a 17-year-old female with congenital ventricular septal defect, that followed shortly after performing naval piercing. She was eventually treated with penicillin with complete recovery. We review other cases from the literature of piercing-associated endocarditis, and suggest that individuals at particularly high risk might be considered for antibiotic prophylaxis prior to such procedures. Read More