Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Risk Of Infection Higher For Piercing Ear Cartilage Than Lobe Piercing

Date:
February 26, 2004
Source:
Journal Of The American Medical Association
Summary:
Ear cartilage piercing is inherently more risky than lobe piercing, according to a report in the February 25 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that looks at an outbreak of infection with the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, among customers of a commercial piercing business in Oregon.

Ear cartilage piercing is inherently more risky than lobe piercing, according to a report in the February 25 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that looks at an outbreak of infection with the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, among customers of a commercial piercing business in Oregon.

Related Articles


William E. Keene, Ph.D., M.P.H., from the Oregon Department of Human Services, Portland, Ore., and colleagues conducted an investigation of persons who had piercings at a jewelry kiosk from August to September 2000. The health officials sent questionnaires to the customers and collected environmental samples in the kiosk, including countertops, plumbing fixtures, and ear-piercing guns. The kiosk workers were screened for pseudomonas organisms by stool and hand cultures.

"From 186 piercings in 118 individuals, we identified 7 confirmed P aeruginosa infections and 18 suspected infections," the authors write. "Confirmed cases were 10 to 19 years old. Most were initially treated with antibiotics ineffective against Pseudomonas. Four were hospitalized, four underwent incision and drainage surgeries (1 as an outpatient), and several were cosmetically deformed. Upper ear cartilage piercing was more likely to result in either confirmed or suspected infection than was lobe piercing."

The health officials did not find Pseudomonas aeruginosa from any of the solid surfaces at the kiosk. But, it was cultured from 2 of the 4 workers, from an atomizer solution containing a disinfectant, and from waste water in traps beneath the sinks. The authors write that a number of events aligned to cause this outbreak: "First, open piercing guns were used to drive relatively blunt studs through cartilage, rather than recommended (and, in Oregon, legal) alternatives such as needle piercing. Second, a 'single-use' disinfectant bottle was refilled repeatedly, becoming contaminated with P aeruginosa, presumably at the sink where organisms were recovered. Finally, at least 1 worker sometimes sprayed the sterile studs and piercing gun with disinfectant, not appreciating that sterile implements would not benefit from a spray with any disinfectant, much less a contaminated one."

"Clinicians should respond aggressively to potential auricular chondritis (inflammation of the ear cartilage) and consider Pseudomonas a possible cause pending culture results," the authors conclude. (JAMA. 2004;291:981-985. Available post-embargo at JAMA.com)

###

Editor's Note: This investigation was conducted by public health agencies of the State of Oregon and Klamath County. Much of the former's funding comes from Emerging Infections Program Cooperative agreement, a federal grant. Co-author, Dr. Samadpour donated his laboratory's services without restriction.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Journal Of The American Medical Association. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Journal Of The American Medical Association. "Risk Of Infection Higher For Piercing Ear Cartilage Than Lobe Piercing." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 26 February 2004. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/02/040226072625.htm>.
Journal Of The American Medical Association. (2004, February 26). Risk Of Infection Higher For Piercing Ear Cartilage Than Lobe Piercing. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 27, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/02/040226072625.htm
Journal Of The American Medical Association. "Risk Of Infection Higher For Piercing Ear Cartilage Than Lobe Piercing." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/02/040226072625.htm (accessed November 27, 2014).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Health & Medicine News

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Pet Dogs to Be Used in Anti-Ageing Trial

Pet Dogs to Be Used in Anti-Ageing Trial

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Nov. 26, 2014) Researchers in the United States are preparing to discover whether a drug commonly used in human organ transplants can extend the lifespan and health quality of pet dogs. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Today's Prostheses Are More Capable Than Ever

Today's Prostheses Are More Capable Than Ever

Newsy (Nov. 26, 2014) Advances in prosthetics are making replacement body parts stronger and more lifelike than they’ve ever been. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
From Popcorn To Vending Snacks: FDA Ups Calorie Count Rules

From Popcorn To Vending Snacks: FDA Ups Calorie Count Rules

Newsy (Nov. 25, 2014) The US FDA is announcing new calorie rules on Tuesday that will require everywhere from theaters to vending machines to include calorie counts. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Daily Serving Of Yogurt Could Reduce Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

Daily Serving Of Yogurt Could Reduce Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

Newsy (Nov. 25, 2014) Need another reason to eat yogurt every day? Researchers now say it could reduce a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins