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Revista de otorrinolaringología y cirugía de cabeza y cuello

versión On-line ISSN 0718-4816

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MACCHIAVELLO P, C. Cecilia; ALVO V, Andrés; BRAVO C, Gustavo  y  NASER G, Alfredo. Head and Neck Piercings. Rev. Otorrinolaringol. Cir. Cabeza Cuello [online]. 2014, vol.74, n.1, pp.61-66. ISSN 0718-4816.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-48162014000100011.

Body piercing is considered a normal practice in today's society. It consists in the perforation of corporal tissue to insert a ring or other ornamental object with an esthetic purpose. This procedure implicates the creation of a cutaneous or mucosal entry point that could allow pathogenic microorganisms into the body, and could also promote the formation of anomalous scar tissue. Other complications, such as hypersensitivity reactions, displacement and aspiration, have been reported. Due to this wide range of possible complications, body piercings should be performed only in authorized establishments, by trained staff and under supervised aseptic technique. Health care providers should be aware about the diagnosis and treatment of these complications. Given that most piercings are placed in the head and neck area, otolaryngologists should be especially familiarized with the medical aspects of this practice.

Palabras clave : Piercings; body art; complications; head and neck.

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