Streptococcus viridans endocarditis from tongue piercing

Scott D. Lick, Secil N. Edozie, Kenneth J. Woodside, Vincent R. Conti

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Body piercing and tattooing have undergone a revival in popularity. We present the case of a 27-year-old man with a recent tongue piercing and infective endocarditis of the aortic valve. He was treated with a 6-week course of intravenous antibiotics, but eventually required a Ross procedure for progressive aortic insufficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-59
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2005


  • Aortic insufficiency
  • Aortic valve
  • Endocarditis
  • Ross procedure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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