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Clinical Observation
January 1999

Transection of the Appendix: A Seat Belt Injury

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery, Grandview Hospital (Drs Edwards, Paul, and Anderson), Wright State University School of Medicine (Drs Paul, Anderson, and McCarthy), and Miami Valley Hospital (Drs Paul, Anderson, and McCarthy), Dayton, Ohio.

Arch Surg. 1999;134(1):90-91. doi:10.1001/archsurg.134.1.90

Blunt appendiceal injuries are uncommon. The recent care of a patient with an appendiceal transection following vehicular trauma led us to review the existing English literature. The presence of an abdominal wall contusion, in conjunction with a typical mesenteric tear and appendiceal transection, led us to conclude that the seat belt contributed to the injury.