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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Seat belt syndrome [7] is caused by sudden deceleration forces acting between posterior abdominal wall and vertebra causing injury to the organs in between due to one or other mechanisms described above.
Disruption of abdominal wall musculature: Unusual feature of seat belt syndrome.