Case report of Staphylococcus aureus endocarditis after navel piercing

Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2003 Jan;22(1):94-6. doi: 10.1097/00006454-200301000-00025.


A 13-year-old girl with surgically corrected congenital heart disease presented with a 3-day history of fever 1 month after piercing her navel. An echocardiogram demonstrated a vegetation within her right ventricle to pulmonary artery conduit, and several blood cultures were repeatedly positive for Staphylococcus aureus. Surgical replacement of the conduit in conjunction with intravenous antibiotic therapy was curative.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen
  • Adolescent
  • Cosmetic Techniques / adverse effects*
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial / diagnosis
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial / diagnostic imaging
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Methicillin Resistance
  • Radiography
  • Staphylococcal Infections / diagnosis
  • Staphylococcal Infections / diagnostic imaging
  • Staphylococcal Infections / etiology*
  • Staphylococcus aureus / isolation & purification*