In this letter to the editor, the author suggests that intra-abdominal and musculosketal injuries secondary to the wearing of seat belts during automobile collisions are sufficiently well characterised to be designated as the "seat-belt syndrome". The question of adults with polycystic kidney disease wearing seat belts is discussed. Information is provided on previous reports on the subject, and on the case of a 25-year old man with known polycystic kidneys who was involved in a rear-end automobile accident while wearing a lap seat belt. The results of this case are presented and discussed. It is suggested that perhaps patients with polycystic kidneys should use a heavily padded or cushioned seat belt with a shoulder restraint mechanism which would decrease the force delivered exclusively to the flank in an accident. /TRRL/

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    Little Brown

    34 Beacon Street
    Boston, MA  United States  02106
  • Authors:
    • Whelton, A
  • Publication Date: 1978-7-29

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  • Accession Number: 00194415
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 11 1979 12:00AM