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Fatal childhood vascular injuries associated with seat belt use.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11953493     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The deaths of two children who were passengers in motor vehicles involved in accidents were directly attributable to vascular injuries derived from seat belts. In the first case, a 10-year-old boy died as a result of abdominal aortic transection by a lap seat belt, and in the second case a 15-year-old boy died as a result of transection of his common carotid artery by a lap-shoulder seat belt. Although these cases demonstrate rare fatalities associated with seat belt use, there is no doubt that seat belts have significantly reduced mortality and morbidity from traffic accidents. Although it is possible that a fatal outcome might have occurred in each of these cases from other injuries that might have been sustained had seat belts not been worn, appropriate positioning and size of seat belt harnesses might have avoided the lethal injuries.
K J Riches; R A James; J D Gilbert; R W Byard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0195-7910     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Publication Date:  2002 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-04-15     Completed Date:  2002-05-16     Revised Date:  2011-02-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108948     Medline TA:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  45-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Forensic Science Centre, Adelaide, South Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Traffic*
Aorta, Abdominal / injuries*
Carotid Artery Injuries*
Motor Vehicles
Seat Belts / adverse effects*

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