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SASSI, Carlos et al. Piercing phenomenon in Uruguay: pathological and sociocultural aspects. Actas Odontol. [online]. 2016, vol.13, n.2, pp.16-32. ISSN 1510-8139.

Piercing is externalized as a practice intrinsically linked to the construction of diverse human collective organizations. Numerous authors have typified organic lesions occurred by its use, but not sociocultural framework that characterize it.


the aim of this paper was to analyse pathological and sociocultural scopes concerning the use of piercing in a Uruguayan sample.


the research was developed by applying a questionnaire with 26 structured and open questions, answered by students of a secondary education institute of the city of Rivera, Uruguay.


21 (40.38%) of the 52 pierced individuals suffered complications from its use, while 24 (46.15%), 26 (50%) and 14 (58.33% of those who worked), respectively did not notice social, family or employment impacts.


piercing is a potentially risky behaviour, although in this opportunity all alterations were locally situated, most users performed sports, and a significant percentage of them did not point out no repercussion on their daily life.

Palavras-chave : piercing; injuries; social stratification.

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