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Streptococcus viridans endocarditis from tongue piercing

      Abstract

      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.

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