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You are here: Contents > 2004 > Volume 13 Number 5 September 2004 > CASE REPORTS > Body Piercing: A Rare Cause of Mitral Valve Endocarditis

Body Piercing: A Rare Cause of Mitral Valve Endocarditis

Shahzad G. Raja, Sujay K. Shad, Gilles D. Dreyfus
Department of Cardiac Surgery, Harefield Hospital, Harefield, Middlesex, UK

Body piercing has become a way of life for many individuals. It represents freedom, as well as rebellion, and can provide shock value to the public. Often, it is used as a rite of passage from adolescence into adulthood, and can also provide a boost in self-esteem. However, body piercing may lead to non-infectious complications such as prolonged bleeding and keloid formation, while infectious complications include the transmission of blood-borne infections (e.g. human

immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B, C and D), as well as bacteremia through the site of piercing. Infective endocarditis in individuals with congenital heart defects has been identified after body piercing. Here, the first documented case is reported of mitral valve endocarditis in a previously fit and healthy young female following navel piercing.
The Journal of Heart Valve Disease 2004;13:854-856

Body Piercing: A Rare Cause of Mitral Valve Endocarditis

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