A clinical look at body piercing

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Date: Sept. 1998
From: RN(Vol. 61, Issue 9)
Publisher: UBM LLC
Document Type: Article
Length: 2,172 words

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Abstract :

A number of risks are associated with body piercing, despite its being a quick procedure that is performed without anesthesia. Pain, bleeding, infection and scarring can result from body piercing. Specific risks are present in specific body sites, such as tearing or even splitting of the lobe in ear piercings, endocarditis and embedding of jewelry in the subcutaneous tissue in the nose, and permanent numbness and loss of taste in tongue piercings. Nipple piercing can constrict a duct during lactation and may even lead to breast abscess.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A21166148