Diaphragmatic, visceral, and somatic injuries: following rear lap seat belt trauma

H. Dardik, A. Warren, I. Dardik

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Two rear seat passengers wearing lap type seat belts sustained nearly identical lesions involving the abdominal wall, diaphragm, and intestine. Contributory mechanisms for these injuries included abrupt deceleration forces, increased intraperitoneal pressure, compressive and shear forces acting on viscera, and increased intestinal wall tension. Survival was obtained by aggressive management both surgically and postoperatively. There is no doubt but that seat belts save lives. Hopefully, with improved automotive and seat belt design, the price of survival, visceral and somatic injury, will be vastly diminished.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-580
Number of pages4
JournalNew York State Journal of Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1973
Externally publishedYes


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