Question

What is a lap belt injury?

Answer

A lap belt injury is common in school-age children who weigh 40 pounds or less. The physical findings are a) “seat belt sign” (recognized by abdominal wall bruising) b) signs of SCI and c) hollow viscus organ injury. These injuries can lead to paraplegia.

Winkler and Deming. 2004. “Life Care Planning for the Child With A Spinal Cord Injury.” In S. Riddick- Grisham (Ed.) Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.(pp.375-420)

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