Wharfe, Gillian H. ; Fletcher, Horace M.; Mitchell, Sharmaine Y.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Pathology
Placental Separation from a Seatbelt Injury Due to Severe Turbulence During Aeroplane Travel
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Date of Publication
The researchers presented a case of a patient 14 weeks pregnant who while travelling by air sustained abdominal trauma from a lap seat belt during severe air turbulence. Clinical examination revealed lower abdominal tenderness and no vaginal bleeding. Ultrasonography revealed placental separation with a live fetus compatible with dates. They believe that, as in the case with car seat belts, shoulder restraints need to be provided for pregnant women who travel by air to avoid this and other obstetric complications.....