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Reply to the Comments on “Case Series: Successful Resuscitation of Severe Facial Injuries Caused by a Chainsaw”
Journal of Trauma and Injury 2020;33(1):61-62
Published online March 30, 2020
© 2020 The Korean Society of Trauma.

Han Joo Choi, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Emergency Medicine, Dankook University Hospital, Cheonan, Korea
Correspondence to: Han Joo Choi, M.D., Ph.D. Department of Emergency Medicine, Dankook University Hospital, 201 Manghyang-ro, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan 31116, Korea Tel: +82-41-550-6840 Fax: +82-41-556-0524 E-mail:
Received March 16, 2020; Accepted March 16, 2020.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

I would like to sincerely thank you for your interest in my previous study, and to answer the questions that you asked in your comments published in JTI [1].

For case 1, I can present several radiographs comparing between preoperative and postoperative status of the bony structures of the mandible (Fig. 1). There are no pictures of the mouth gag being applied to the patient.

In case 2, fortunately, there was no evidence of lacrimal canalicular injury before and after the operation. The patient described in case 2 recovered well, without neurological complications.

As mentioned in my previous paper, there are no accurate data about the incidence and injury patterns of chainsaw-related injuries in South Korea. In Europe (including Serbia), the most common site of injuries caused by chainsaw-related accidents was found to be the head (34.8%). On the contrary, the hands and knees were reported to be the most frequent sites in the United States [2,3]. With the goal of providing optimal care, I agree with your suggestion that early involvement of a plastic surgeon is essential.

Fig. 1.

Three-dimensional reconstructed computed tomography images of the patient in case 1, (A) before and (B) after the reconstructive operation. (C) A simple X-ray series of the mandible shows successful end-to-end restoration of the bony structures.

  1. Hwang K. Comments on “case series: successful resuscitation of severe facial injuries caused by a chainsaw”. J Trauma Inj 2019;32:258-9.
  2. Cividino SRS, Gubiani R, Pergher G, Dell’Antonia D, Maroncelli E. Accident investigation related to the use of chainsaw. J Agric Eng 2013;44:686-9.
  3. Hammig B, Jones C. Epidemiology of chain saw related injuries, United States: 2009 through 2013. Advances in Emergency Medicine 2015;2015:459697.

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