A rare case of blunt thoracoabdominal trauma with small bowel perforation from airbag

Liverani, Andrea and Pezzatini, Massimo and Conte, Stefano and Mari, Francesco and Milillo, Andrea and Gasparrini, Marcello and Marino, Graziella and Catracchia, V. and Favi, Francesco (2009) A rare case of blunt thoracoabdominal trauma with small bowel perforation from airbag. Il giornale di chirurgia, 30 (5). pp. 234-236. ISSN 1971-145X

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Vehicle collisions represent more than 75% of mechanism of blunt abdominal trauma. In spite of the incomparable improvement of car safety devices, recent studies pointed out that the airbag might cause injuries, specially when it is not associated with seatbelt. In fact, some studies pointed out that crash victims using airbag alone have increased injury severity, hospitalisations, thoracoabdominal procedure, and rehabilitation. Some of the most frequently injured organs reported from airbag deployment are the liver (38%), the spleen (23%) and digestive system (17%). Injury of the hollow viscera are far less common. In particular, blunt abdominal trauma resulting in small bowel perforation is an infrequent lesion. These injuries are difficult to diagnose because specific signs are poor and a delay in treatment increases mortality and morbidity of the patients. We describe a case of thoracoabdominal trauma occurred during a head-on collision after an airbag deployment without seatbelt use

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Thoracoabdominal traumas, Blunt trauma, Small bowel perforation
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici) > 617 Rami vari della medicina; Chirurgia
Depositing User: Nadia Del Gobbo
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2016 14:19
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2016 14:19
URI: http://eprints.bice.rm.cnr.it/id/eprint/5726

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