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Scand J Plast Reconstr Surg. 1984;18(1):107-10.

Electric oral burns in Danish children with special reference to prevention.

Abstract

68 children, most of them 1-3 years old, with electric burns of the mouth from slight cases to severe burns with extensive necroses were treated over a 30-year period. Principles of primary conservative treatment and secondary reconstructive surgery are mentioned. A Stein- Abbe flap procedure, single or double, has been the method-of-choice in severe defect of the lower lip. In the majority of the cases the accident was caused by a defective bakelite plug from the detachable cord of a popular electric vacuum cleaner of Danish origin. In 1968 a plea was made for a change of this kind of plug to a better type made of an unbreakable plastic material. As a prophylactic measure this intervention seems to have been very useful in so far as the number of these senseless accidents has decreased dramatically in Denmark during the last 15 years.

PMID:
6740253
DOI:
10.3109/02844318409057411
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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