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      Navel Piercing as a Cause for Streptococcus viridans Endocarditis: Case Report, Review of the Literature and Implications for Antibiotic Prophylaxis

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          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.

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          Endocarditis after nipple piercing in a patient with a bicuspid aortic valve.

          Piercing the skin for cosmetic reasons can be dangerous in young adults who have previously undergone surgery for congenital defects of the heart. We report the case of a 24-year-old man in whom coarctation of the aorta had been corrected 15 years earlier. Two months after piercing his left nipple without antibiotic prophylaxis, he developed a local mastitis, followed by bacterial endocarditits that required replacement of the aortic valve.
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            Endocarditis due to Neisseria mucosa after tongue piercing.

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              Fashion victim: infective endocarditis after nasal piercing.

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                Author and article information

                Journal
                CRD
                Cardiology
                10.1159/issn.0008-6312
                Cardiology
                S. Karger AG
                0008-6312
                1421-9751
                2007
                September 2007
                30 October 2006
                : 108
                : 3
                : 159-160
                Affiliations
                aDepartment of Internal Medicine, Divisions of bInfectious Disease, and cCardiology, Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel
                Article
                96587 Cardiology 2007;108:159–160
                10.1159/000096587
                17077628
                © 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel

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