Ear piercing and children's rights

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6944.1636 (Published 18 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1636
  1. D G Dunlop,
  2. M McCabe,
  3. R Evans,
  4. P Richmond
  1. Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff CF4 4XW
  2. Accident and Emergency Department, Morriston Hospital, Swansea Accident and Emergency Department, Cardiff Royal Infirmary, Cardiff CF2 1SZ.

    EDITOR, - Over 12 months at our accident and emergency department in Cardiff we saw 32 cases of embedded earrings, mostly in children. Nine of the 32 cases showed signs of infection and these were all in the younger age groups. All patients presenting with an embedded earring required a minor surgical procedure under local anaesthetic to remove the retained piece. In a survey of ear …

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