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‘Bouncy castles’ and cervical spine fractures: an under-recognized hazard

  • B. B. McGuireEmail author
  • R. Gul
  • R. Kingston
  • K. Synnott
Case Report

Abstract

We have recently treated two adult patients with significant spinal injuries after using an inflatable ‘bouncy castle’. We highlight the risks associated with these devices in the adult age group and review the current literature. We conclude that these devices should carry a clear warning to adults that their use by above-14 is hazardous.

Keywords

Adult Case reports Spinal fractures 

Trampoline et fractures du rachis cervical

Résumé

Nous avons récemment traité deux patients adultes pour des lésions traumatiques vertébrales importantes survenues après utilisation d’un trampoline gonflable. Nous insistons sur les risques liés à l’utilisation de ces appareils par des adultes et passons en revue la littérature courante. Nous concluons que ces dispositifs devraient porter un avertissement clair aux adultes indiquant que leur utilisation après 14 ans est dangereux.

Mots clés

Adulte Fractures vertébrales 

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. B. McGuire
    • 1
    Email author
  • R. Gul
    • 1
  • R. Kingston
    • 1
  • K. Synnott
    • 1
  1. 1.National Spinal UnitThe Mater Misercordiae University HospitalDublinIreland

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