Medline ® Abstract for Reference 67
of 'Tattooing in adolescents and young adults'
Tattooing complicated by multivalvular bacterial endocarditis.
Akkus NI, Mina GS, Fereidoon S, Rajpal S
Herz. 2014 May;39(3):349-51. Epub 2013 Jul 25.
Tattooing is becoming a popular practice and more commonly done. Although modern tattooing is considered a more hygienic and technological version of ancient methods, previously reported cases point out the risk of infection after tattooing due to use of nonsterile equipment or suboptimal infection-control practices. Infective endocarditis (IE) after tattooing has been reported only in 1 patient with bicuspid aortic valvular disease. Herein, we report a case of multivalvular IE secondary to tattooing in a patient without known prior valvular heart disease.
Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport, 1501 Kings Highway, 71103, Shreveport, LA, USA.