, Volume 39, Issue 3, pp 349–351 | Cite as

Tattooing complicated by multivalvular bacterial endocarditis

  • N.I. Akkus
  • G.S. Mina
  • S. FereidoonEmail author
  • S. Rajpal
Case study


Tattooing is becoming a popular practice and more commonly done. Although modern tattooing is considered a more hygienic and technological version of ancient methods, previously reported cases point out the risk of infection after tattooing due to use of nonsterile equipment or suboptimal infection-control practices. Infective endocarditis (IE) after tattooing has been reported only in 1 patient with bicuspid aortic valvular disease. Herein, we report a case of multivalvular IE secondary to tattooing in a patient without known prior valvular heart disease.


Tattooing Infection Bacterial endocarditis Valvular heart disease Staphylococcus aureus 

Tätowierung mit der Komplikation einer multivalvulären bakteriellen Endokarditis


Tätowierungen nehmen an Beliebtheit und Verbreitung zu. Zwar gilt das moderne Tätowieren als die hygienischere und technologischere Version älterer Methoden, doch wird durch die früher beschriebenen Fälle auf das Risiko einer Infektion nach Tätowierung aufgrund des Gebrauchs nichtsteriler Instrumente oder suboptimaler Infektionsprophylaxemaßnahmen hingewiesen. Bisher wurde nur ein Fall einer infektiösen Endokarditis nach Tätowierung bei einem Patienten mit bikuspider Aortenklappe beschrieben. Im vorliegenden Beitrag wird der Fall einer multivalvulären infektiösen Endokarditis infolge Tätowierung bei einem Patienten ohne vorher bekannte Herzklappenerkrankung dargestellt.


Tätowierung Infektion Bakterielle Endokarditis Herzklappenerkrankung Staphylococcus aureus 


Conflict of interest

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there are no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N.I. Akkus
    • 1
  • G.S. Mina
    • 2
  • S. Fereidoon
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. Rajpal
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Cardiovascular DiseasesLSU Health Sciences Center ShreveportShreveportUSA
  2. 2.Division of Internal MedicineLSU Health Sciences Center ShreveportShreveportUSA

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