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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
ISSN: 1394-195X
Vol. 17, No. 4, 2010, pp. 67-70
Bioline Code: mj10051
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
Document available free of charge

Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 17, No. 4, 2010, pp. 67-70

 en Fatal Airbag-Mediated Atlanto-Occipital Dislocation in a Child
Hassan, Radhiana; Yusof, Mubarak Mohd & Kamarudin, Norie Azilah


An atlanto-occipital dislocation is a rare airbag-induced injury in trauma patients. We report a case of an atlanto-occipital dislocation in a 6-year-old patient who was an unrestrained passenger in the front seat of a vehicle involved in a low-speed motor vehicle accident. This case illustrates the fatal threat of airbag deployment to the child passenger travelling in the vehicle front seat even in a low-speed collision, and supports the recommendation that children under 12 years of age travelling in vehicles with dual airbag systems should be seated in the back.

air bags, atlanto-occipital joint, child, dislocation, traffic accidents, trauma

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