Persons in present-day dermatologic practice rarely encounter the request by patients to have their ears pierced for the wearing of earrings. Inquiries failed to reveal any documented procedure, and it would appear that by and large this operation has been relegated to persons other than those in the medical profession. The apparent increasing popularity of this ancient custom has prompted the following description of this minor operation.1
The patient procured two small gold earrings, "sleepers," the separated ends of which were found to fit snugly into the beveled end of a 17 gage needle. The earrings, along with a no. 3 cork, were sterilized in alcohol; the needle was sterilized by boiling. After the routine preparation of the ear lobule with tincture of iodine, alcohol and local anesthetic and with support of the posterior surface of the ear lobule with the cork, the needle was caused to
KANEE B. TECHNIC OF EAR PIERCING. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;61(3):502. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530100146027
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