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Infections from Body Piercing and Tattoos

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  • Authors: Mukesh Patel1, C. Glenn Cobbs2
  • Editor: David Schlossberg3
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    Affiliations: 1: Baptist Health Center, Medical Education, Birmingham, AL 35211; 2: Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294; 3: Philadelphia Health Department, Philadelphia, PA
  • Source: microbiolspec November 2015 vol. 3 no. 6 doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.IOL5-0016-2015
  • Received 16 April 2015 Accepted 20 April 2015 Published 06 November 2015
  • Mukesh Patel, mukesh.patel@bhsala.com
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    The infectious complications of body piercing and tattooing are reviewed.

  • Citation: Patel M, Cobbs C. 2015. Infections from Body Piercing and Tattoos. Microbiol Spectrum 3(6):IOL5-0016-2015. doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.IOL5-0016-2015.

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Overview of infectious complications of body piercing

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Endocarditis associated with tattooing and body piercing

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