seat belt syndrome

Contusion of anterior abdominal wall caused by lap seat belts, which may produce lumbar spine fractures with horizontal splitting of the vertebral body and posterior arch, trauma to bowel, vessels, spleen and liver; in the US, lap-type safety belts are found in the front seats of older cars, and in the middle back seats of current vehicles

seat belt syndrome

Contusion of anterior abdominal wall caused by lap seat belts, which may produce lumbar spine fractures with horizontal splitting of the vertebral body and posterior arch, trauma to bowel, vessels, spleen and liver; in the US, lap-type safety belts are found in the front seats of older cars, and in the middle back seats of current vehicles. Cf Dashboard fracture, Padded dash(board) syndrome.
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Abstract: The authors report an original case of seat belt syndrome.
Key Words: seat belt syndrome, sternal fracture, blunt bowel trauma
This restraint system is associated with a specific pattern of injuries such as sternal fracture, bowel trauma (2) or lumbar spine injuries, (3) which has been categorized as seat belt syndrome.
A study conducted by the Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS) published in the June 2003 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, provided real-world evidence of the safety benefits of belt-positioning booster seats compared with seat belts alone as well as demonstrated that proper positioning of the seat belt by booster seats virtually eliminates injuries associated with seat belt syndrome, including injuries to the abdomen and spine.
In addition, the study demonstrates that proper positioning of the belt by booster seats virtually eliminates injuries associated with seat belt syndrome, including injuries to the abdomen, neck/spine/back, as well as lower extremity injuries.