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Awareness of the risk of endocarditis associated with tattooing and body piercing among patients with congenital heart disease and Paediatric Cardiologists in the United Kingdom
  1. Suhair O Shebani (suhairshebani{at}hotmail.com)
  1. University Hospitals of Leicester, United Kingdom
    1. Helen F.J Miles (helenmiles76{at}hotmail.com)
    1. Birmingham Children's Hospital, United Kingdom
      1. Phil Simmons (philsimmons{at}blueyonder.co.uk)
      1. Birmingham Children's Hospital, United Kingdom
        1. John Stickley (john.stickley{at}gmail.com)
        1. Birmingham Children's Hospital, United Kingdom
          1. Joseph V De Giovanni (jdbg02692{at}blueyonder.co.uk)
          1. Birmingham Children's Hospital, United Kingdom

            Abstract

            Body art in the form of tattoos and piercing has become increasingly popular amongst children and teenagers, and is nowadays, more socially acceptable. This is despite media reports citing tissue destruction, and death. Our study explored the awareness and the experience of patients with congenital heart disease, as well as that of the cardiologists and professionals responsible for their care.

            • body piercing
            • congenital heart disease
            • education
            • endocarditis
            • tattoo

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