C5-6 Cervical Dislocation Resulting from Improper Seat Belt Use


*Division of Neurosurgery Department of Surgery Oregon Health Sciences University 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road Portland, OR 97201


Motorists may improperly use the diagonal shoulder belt of newer passive restraint systems by failing to use the lap belt. An unusual case of a patient who did not wear a lap belt and who sustained a cervical C5–6 distraction injury resulting in quadriplegia is reported. Emergency physicians should be aware of this injury mechanism and should reinforce proper passive restraint use.