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The Pediatric Forum
December 2007

Sequential Survey of Body Piercing and Tattooing Prevalence and Medical Complication Incidence Among College Students

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007;161(12):1219-1220. doi:10.1001/archpedi.161.12.1219-b

We surveyed first- through fifth-year undergraduate students in 20011 and again in 2006 for the prevalence of body art (piercing and tattooing) and the incidence of consequent medical complications including 10 class-years (1104 respondents, 97% response rate). Prevalences were 51% for body piercing and 23% for tattooing. Although no medical complications from tattoos were reported, medical complications from piercing occurred in 19% of students.