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Tattooing complicated by multivalvular bacterial endocarditis

Tätowierung mit der Komplikation einer multivalvulären bakteriellen Endokarditis


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.


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.

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Akkus, N., Mina, G., Fereidoon, S. et al. Tattooing complicated by multivalvular bacterial endocarditis. Herz 39, 349–351 (2014).

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  • Tattooing
  • Infection
  • Bacterial endocarditis
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Staphylococcus aureus


  • Tätowierung
  • Infektion
  • Bakterielle Endokarditis
  • Herzklappenerkrankung
  • Staphylococcus aureus