steering wheel injury


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steer·ing wheel in·ju·ry

trauma to the anterior chest wall caused by impact with the steering wheel during an automobile accident; may include fractured sternum and ribs, cardiac contusion, tear of the aorta or other great vessels, as well as lung injuries.

steer·ing wheel in·ju·ry

(stēring wēl in-jū'rē)
Trauma to the anterior chest wall caused by impact with the steering wheel during an automobile accident; may include fractured sternum and ribs, cardiac contusion, tear of the aorta or other great vessels, as well as lung injuries.

steering wheel injury

Blunt trauma to the chest sustained when an unrestrained driver hits the steering wheel or column. Typical injuries include rib fractures, inflamed cartilage, pneumothorax, hemothorax, or contusion of the heart. The trauma occasionally produces dissection of the thoracic aorta.
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