A 34-year-old female asked:
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i have a septal occluder, getting a tattoo when i finish plavix/aspirin. tattoo will be 7 months post closure. antibiotics needed before tattoo?

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Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Doubtful: There is little literature on prevention of infective endocarditis by antibiotic prophylaxis during tattoing. Use of tattoo for surgical marking purposes appears to carry no significant risks. Good luck.
Answered on Sep 26, 2015
Dr. Joseph Moore
34 years experience Cardiology
No: Antibiotics are not needed this long after implantation of a septal occluder.
Answered on Jul 27, 2013

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