10 doctors weighed in:
How big of a risk is it for a heart transplant patient to get a tongue piercing?
10 doctors weighed in

4 doctors agree
In brief: Why?
Any individual getting foreign bodies injected, attached, implanted, etc.
Is at risk for getting infections, abscesses, etc. Someone who is taking immunosuppressive drugs to prevent organ transplant rejection is at even greater risk. So why do it?

In brief: Why?
Any individual getting foreign bodies injected, attached, implanted, etc.
Is at risk for getting infections, abscesses, etc. Someone who is taking immunosuppressive drugs to prevent organ transplant rejection is at even greater risk. So why do it?
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Dr. Liviu Klein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Not recommended
As a heart transplant doctor, i wouldn't advise it.
While i can't quote you percentages of bad things that would happen, any piercing or tattoos in transplant recipients have a real risk of getting hepatitis b or c, and a host of 'regular' infections that can be deadly in someone who takes immunosuppressants.

In brief: Not recommended
As a heart transplant doctor, i wouldn't advise it.
While i can't quote you percentages of bad things that would happen, any piercing or tattoos in transplant recipients have a real risk of getting hepatitis b or c, and a host of 'regular' infections that can be deadly in someone who takes immunosuppressants.
Dr. Liviu Klein
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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Be seen
I would not recommend that a heart transplant patient get any procedures done that are elective due to the possibility of your impaired immune system not being able to fight off an infection.
Though piercings like this rarely cause infection, in a transplant patient, why take that risk? As your transplant doctor what they think on the matter.

In brief: Be seen
I would not recommend that a heart transplant patient get any procedures done that are elective due to the possibility of your impaired immune system not being able to fight off an infection.
Though piercings like this rarely cause infection, in a transplant patient, why take that risk? As your transplant doctor what they think on the matter.
Dr. Gregory Hines
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
In brief: Russian Roulette?
The mouth is a moist safe-haven for bacteria.
Piercings are a portal for germs to enter the body. The large blood vessels of the tongue can rapidly transport bacteria to other parts of the body including the brain. There is the potential for death, even in someone who is not immunocompromised.

In brief: Russian Roulette?
The mouth is a moist safe-haven for bacteria.
Piercings are a portal for germs to enter the body. The large blood vessels of the tongue can rapidly transport bacteria to other parts of the body including the brain. There is the potential for death, even in someone who is not immunocompromised.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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