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Mund Kiefer Gesichtschir. 2000 Jan;4(1):21-4.

[Complications following piercing in the oral and facial region].

[Article in German]

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Klinik für Mund-, Kiefer- und Gesichtschirurgie, Zentralkrankenhaus St. Jürgen-Strasse, Bremen, Deutschland.


The increasing distribution and social acceptance of body piercing induced us to investigate the nature and rate of complications brought about by this fashionable injury of the unscathed body. All dentists, maxillofacial surgeons and clinics within the region of the association of dentists of Bremen were asked to register all patients presenting between June and October 1998 in whom piercings of the head and neck area were visible. Response was good; 699 piercings in 273 persons were recorded and some exemplary photographs made. Some 47 persons showed local complications which ranged from keloid formation and temporary infections to cartilage necrosis and disturbances in sensibility. General diseases were described as well, mainly allergies and hepatitis. In accordance with the seriousness of the complication the medical treatment required varied. Nine persons had to be treated in hospital. In 14 cases patients suffered permanent damage. Piercings cause severe complications and considerable expense to the public health service.

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