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Chronic Osteomyelitis of Cranial Bones in a Patient with High-Voltage Electrical Burn on the Scalp: A Case Report
Journal of Korean Burn Society 2021;24(2):53-59
Published online December 1, 2021
© 2021 Journal of Korean Burn Society.

Sung Won Jung, M.D., Ph.D., Joo Heon Choi, M.D., Kyung-Tak Yoo, M.D.1 and Changsoo Lim, M.D.2

Departments of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1General Surgery, and 2Neurosurgery, Hanil General Hospital, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Sung Won Jung, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Hanil General Hospital, 308 Uicheon-ro, Dobong-gu, Seoul 01450, Korea
Tel: 82-2-901-3109, Fax: 82-2-901-3834
Received August 12, 2021; Revised October 8, 2021; Accepted October 25, 2021.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
High-voltage electrical burn injuries on the scalp often result in scalp and cranial bone necrosis. Repetitive debridements and rich-vascularized flap coverage of the cranium are required. However, despite successful flap coverage, chronic osteomyelitis of cranial bones may occur. Treatment of chronic osteomyelitis of cranial bones is surgical debridement of the necrotic bone with re-coverage by a well-vascularized flap. The latissimus dorsi musculocutaneous flap is suitable not only for coverage of the cranium after the burn injury, but also for treatment of chronic osteomyelitis of the skull.
Keywords : Electrical burn, Scalp injuries, Free flap, Chronic osteomyelitis

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