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Accidental asphyxia due to closing of a motor vehicle power window
  1. R G Branco1,2,
  2. D Broomfield2,
  3. V Rampon1,
  4. P C R Garcia1,
  5. J P Piva1
  1. 1Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Hospital São Lucas, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
  2. 2Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr R G Branco
 Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Addenbrooke’s Hospital (Box 7), Hills Road, Cambridge CB1 8SH, UK; brancori{at}


Injuries and deaths among children left unattended in motor vehicles are frequent and the rates are increasing. Injuries associated with motor vehicle power windows usually affect children, in particular children under 6 years of age. This case report is about a child who was asphyxiated because of a motor vehicle power window closing. She was rapidly resuscitated and recovered fully. A brief review of the literature, epidemiology, and preventive measures to avoid this type of injury is also presented.

  • paediatric
  • asphyxia
  • accidental
  • power window

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  • Competing interests: none declared

  • Consent for publication was obtained from the patient’s parents.