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Body piercing in the accident and emergency department.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10572813     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Recently an increasing number of patients with complications related to pierced body jewellery have been seen. Often removal of the jewellery is indicated. Removal of these items may also be required for radiological purposes. If the doctor is familiar with the opening mechanism of the item, removal is not usually difficult. Uninformed attempts at removal may cause unnecessary trauma and distress. In a survey of 28 accident and emergency doctors, only six were able accurately to describe the opening mechanisms of all three commonly used types of jewellery. Descriptions of the types of jewellery currently used are not available in the medical literature. The aim of this article is to familiarize doctors with the types of jewellery used, describe their opening mechanisms, and suggest techniques for their removal. The complications of body piercing and the indications for the removal of body jewellery are also outlined.
R Khanna; S S Kumar; B S Raju; A V Kumar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of accident & emergency medicine     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1351-0622     ISO Abbreviation:  J Accid Emerg Med     Publication Date:  1999 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-12-08     Completed Date:  1999-12-08     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9433751     Medline TA:  J Accid Emerg Med     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  418-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Accident and Emergency Department, Staffordshire District Hospital, Stafford.
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Foreign Bodies*

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