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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 49-51

Mother to child impact: An unusual cause of blunt chest trauma

Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Rivers, Nigeria

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Kelechi E Okonta
Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, PMB 6173, University of Port-Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Rivers
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DOI: 10.4103/1597-1112.139486

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The presence of airbags in the internal front row of cars is the main reason for not allowing children occupy the front seat while in a car. Its deployment in low-speed collision may cause injury to the front occupant especially children because of the difference in sizes. An 18-month-old girl presented in the emergency with progressive dyspnea 6 h following a road traffic accident. She was carried on the laps of her unbelted mother in the front row of a car which had low-speed collision with a stationary car parked off the road. The mother was propelled forward; hitting her head on the dash board with laceration on the forehead with the child sustaining a crush injury which was deployed by the mother instead of the airbag. This resulted in bilateral hemothoraces and lung contusion. Even when the airbag was not deployed in low-speed collusion state, the compressive effect of the passenger holding a child protectively might cause severe crushing injury like blunt chest trauma.

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