Seat Belt Syndrome in Children: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Characteristic patterns of injury in children in automobile crashes resulting from lap-shoulder belts have been described for many years. These injuries are known as the “seat belt syndrome”. This article presents a typical case of seat belt syndrome involving a 4-year-old boy and reviews the current literature, highlighting proposed mechanisms of intra-abdominal and spine injuries. In addition, recent research findings identifying a new pattern of injuries associated with inappropriate seat belt use in young children are discussed. Emergency physicians must consider these seat belt related injuries in the initial evaluation of any child involved in a motor vehicle crash who was restrained with the vehicle seat belt.

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  • Authors:
    • Rurbin, Dennis R
    • Arbogast, Kristy B
    • Moll, Elisa K
  • Publication Date: 2001


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01000690
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 3 2005 11:41AM