Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
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In Reply: The MediSystem ear-piercing device
has been used to pierce the ears of more than 40 million people in the last
25 years. Additionally, we estimate that similar devices have been used to
pierce the ears of another 80 million people. We are not aware of any incidents
of infectious diseases traced to the MediSystem instrument or to similar ear-piercing
I do not agree with the conclusions of Drs Rosenberg and Slivka. The
MediSystem ear-piercing instrument is significantly different than the Autolet
(Owen Mumford, Oxford, England), a blood-sampling device that pierces the
finger with a lancet to obtain capillary blood.
Hewitt JD. A New Potential Hazard of Ear Piercing?—Reply. JAMA. 1999;282(14):1332. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-14-jbk1013