Seat Belt Syndrome and the Submarine Effect: A Case ReportRaquel Cobos Cuesta, Isidro Martinez Casas, Francisco Jiminez Armenteros, Angela Ximena Argote Camacho, Jose Maria Capitan Vallvey
Clinical case, no. 5, 2017
Article DOI: 10.21614/chirurgia.112.5.624
The seatbelt sign is indicative of severe internal lesions in as many as 30% of cases. In the "submarine effect" the body slides below the belt, acting like hinge. "Seatbelt syndrome" describes the presence of the seat belt sign plus an intra-abdominal or spinal injury. We present the case of a driver in a car accident in whom severe soft tissue and visceral lesions were caused by a two-point seat-belt reproducing a complete "seatbelt syndrome".
Keywords: seatbelt syndrome, submarine effect