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Pathogen causing infection related to body piercing should be determined

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 29 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1211
  1. Rakesh Khanna, specialist registrar in accident and emergency (,
  2. S Sathish Kumar, house officer in cardiology.
  1. Manor Hospital, Walsall WS2 9PS
  2. Tameside General Hospital, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 9RW

    EDITOR—We accept Ferguson's contention that wearing body jewellery is essentially a personal experience,1 but such jewellery does have clinical implications.2 Maybe Ferguson would not be astonished at having been asked to remove his ornaments if he appreciated that x rays cannot penetrate steel and that the ornaments may have been creating diagnostic difficulties. This would be especially …

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