[Lumbar Chance fracture in an child associated with an intra-abdominal lesion]

Published online: Apr 27 2000

E Lesprit, J R Pontailler, and P Vergnes.

Service de Chirurgie Pédiatrique, Hôpital des enfants, C.H.U. Pellegrin, Bordeaux, France.


We report the case of a teenager who was involved in a road traffic accident. She presented a flexion-distraction type of vertebral injury, (Chance fracture). This fracture was associated with an intra-abdominal injury. The child was a passenger in a rear seat using a shoulder seatbelt restraint.