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Clin Infect Dis. 1998 Mar;26(3):735-40.

Infectious complications of body piercing.

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  • 1University of California, San Diego (UCSD)/San Diego State University, Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health (Epidemiology), USA.


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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