Severe traumatic brain injury from unmotorized scooter

J Emerg Med. 2001 Aug;21(2):133-6. doi: 10.1016/s0736-4679(01)00356-0.


The popularity and use of unmotorized, foot-propelled scooters has risen dramatically in the last few years. Increasing reports of traumatic injuries from these scooters have paralleled their commercial sales and success in this country and worldwide. We report a case of a previously healthy 48-year-old woman who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury while riding one of these scooters, resulting in a devastating neurologic outcome and permanent vegetative state. This case emphasizes the importance of public awareness regarding the potential dangers and the need for appropriate precautions and protective gear when riding these recreational devices.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidents*
  • Brain Injuries / etiology*
  • Brain Injuries / physiopathology
  • Brain Injuries / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Persistent Vegetative State
  • Prognosis
  • Transportation*
  • Wounds and Injuries / etiology*
  • Wounds and Injuries / physiopathology
  • Wounds and Injuries / surgery