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Case report
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Pediatric seatbelt injuries: unusual Chance's fracture associated with intra-abdominal lesions in a child

Published inEuropean spine journal, vol. 13, no. 2, p. 167-171
Publication date2004

The authors report the case of a 7-year-old child involved in a motor vehicle accident. She sustained an unusual flexion-distraction vertebral injury. This spinal injury was related to seatbelt use and was associated with intra-abdominal lesions. The spinal lesion consisted of a posterior ligamentous disruption with widening of the posterior intervertebral space at two adjacent lumbar levels. The purpose of this case report is to describe an atypical and perhaps often unrecognized spinal lesion and to explain our approach to diagnosis and treatment.

  • Abdominal Injuries/etiology
  • Accidents, Traffic
  • Child
  • Fascia/injuries
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Joint Instability/etiology
  • Lumbar Vertebrae/injuries
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Seat Belts/adverse effects
  • Spinal Fractures/etiology
Citation (ISO format)
CERONI, Dimitri et al. Pediatric seatbelt injuries: unusual Chance’s fracture associated with intra-abdominal lesions in a child. In: European spine journal, 2004, vol. 13, n° 2, p. 167–171. doi: 10.1007/s00586-003-0559-2
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ISSN of the journal0940-6719

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