Seat belt-related chondrosternal disruption with lung herniation

Ann Thorac Surg. 2002 Jun;73(6):1950-1. doi: 10.1016/s0003-4975(01)03506-8.


A case of blunt chest trauma resulting in anterior chondrosternal separation with right lung herniation and hemothorax is presented. The injury is related to the use of a seat belt restraint. The patient underwent surgical repair with polytetrafluoroethylene chest wall reconstruction. Postoperative recovery was complicated by respiratory insufficiency due to underlying pulmonary contusion and multiple rib fractures.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cartilage / injuries*
  • Hernia / etiology
  • Herniorrhaphy
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / etiology*
  • Lung Diseases / surgery
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Seat Belts / adverse effects*
  • Sternum / injuries*
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / complications*
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / surgery