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October 13, 1999

A New Potential Hazard of Ear Piercing?—Reply

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;282(14):1332. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-14-jbk1013

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 devices.

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.