Treatment of the maxillofacial injuries caused by chainsaw, circular and grinding saw

The aim of this paper is to report and discuss the injuries of maxillofacial region caused by chainsaw, circular saw, and grinding saw. A prospective analysis of patients treated at the Clinic of Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, University of Belgrade were performed. A total of 11 patients were treated during a period of 3 years (2008–2011). The only mechanism (cause) of injury was accident by itself. There were no suicide or homicide attempts. The isolated soft tissues injuries of the maxillofacial region were the most common (8). Soft tissues injuries sometimes were associated with bone fractures of the face (3) and teeth injuries (1). Adequate surgical debridement, revision, suturing and elimination of dead spaces were performed in all patients where only soft tissues were injured. Patients who sustained facial bones and teeth injuries were treated according to the common surgical protocol for the type of the injuries. All of these injuries were accidental without fatalities. Only one injured patient used protective shield over the head and face, which consequently resulted in only small laceration of the facial skin. The number of these injuries increased in the recent years. One of the reasons for that could be more and more usage of these dangerous machines for home hobbies. In order to avoid these extremely dangerous injuries, users should be carefully instructed and licensed.

Conflict of interest: None declared.

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Jan 27, 2018 | Posted by in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery | Comments Off on Treatment of the maxillofacial injuries caused by chainsaw, circular and grinding saw
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