COJ Reviews & Research

A Near Fatal Miss -Air Bag Related Polytrauma in a Child Presenting as Multiple Air Leaks & Odontoid Fracture

Submission: August 02, 2021; Published: November 09, 2021

DOI: 10.31031/COJRR.2021.03.000567

ISSN: 2639-0590
Volume3 Issue4


Airbags have changed the pattern of fractures seen in road traffic accidents, reducing morbidity & mortality. However, in younger patients & patients of short stature who are sitting in front seat, severe spinal injuries can still occur even with deployment of airbags. Airbags related injuries can occasionally present with unusual presentations. The majority of airbags associated injuries are minor. We present a rare fatal manifestation of airbag related polytrauma in a 3-year-old male child presenting as lung contusion, air leaks & odontoid fracture presented as respiratory failure & unstable spine.

Keywords: Seat belt; Air bag; Neck injuries; Air leaks; Fatal; Child

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