To the Editor.—

With great interest we have read the article by Avner and Baker1 about dog bites in urban children. We would like to add some results of our own investigations.

In childhood, the face is the most frequent site of dog-bite injuries. Gonnering2 described a "central target region," consisting of nose, mouth, and periorbital region, which is afflicted in up to 78% of all children suffering dog bites. In 1990, we studied the clinical course and follow-up of 16 children aged 18 months to 14 years who were treated surgically at our hospital because of facial dog-bite injuries.3

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