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Isolated injury of the superior mesenteric artery caused by a lap belt in a child.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17011254     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Isolated vascular injuries are rare in cases of blunt abdominal trauma, and superior mesenteric artery injury is extremely rare but potentially lethal. The incidence of this kind of life-threatening injury has increased in recent years. The diagnosis of these isolated injuries is difficult, and its delay is associated with a higher morbidity and mortality. The authors report on the case of a child with an isolated injury of the superior mesenteric artery caused by a lap belt, during a motor-vehicle crash which was successfully managed. Correct use of all types of restraints is to be recommended. The diagnosis of this rare intraabdominal vascular injury is possible especially when the major signs are evident, but an awareness of this rare possibility is essential for the outcome.
Gaetano La Greca; Giorgio Castello; Francesco Barbagallo; Emanuele Grasso; Saverio Latteri; Vincenzo Scala; Domenico Russello
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric surgery     Volume:  41     ISSN:  1531-5037     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Pediatr. Surg.     Publication Date:  2006 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-10-02     Completed Date:  2006-10-27     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0052631     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  E23-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgical Sciences, Transplantation and Advanced Technologies, University of Catania, Catania, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Abdomen / ultrasonography
Accidents, Traffic
Hemorrhage / etiology,  surgery,  ultrasonography
Mesenteric Artery, Superior / injuries*,  surgery*
Seat Belts / adverse effects*
Suture Techniques
Vascular Surgical Procedures*
Wounds, Penetrating / complications,  etiology*,  surgery*

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