Chest and Abdominal Injuries Caused By Seat Belt Wearing

J. L. Greingor, MD; S. Lazarus, MD

Disclosures

South Med J. 2006;99(4):534-535. 

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Conclusion

Sternal fracture can be associated with hollow organ injury. Emergency physicians should keep in mind that seat belt syndrome can include thoracic and abdominal injury. The abdominal examination may be unreliable because of the presence of associated extra-abdominal injuries. Bowel injury must be suspected systematically even in the absence of clinical manifestation. The presence of an abdominal seat belt sign is an argument for intestinal injury.

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