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July 17, 1967

Hanging in Childhood

Author Affiliations

From the Children's Hospital and the Division of Neurosurgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

JAMA. 1967;201(3):204-205. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130030074023

The response to therapy of asphyxia due to hanging in childhood is gratifying if therapy is initiated promptly and vigorously. Therapy consists of maintenance of an airway, administration of large doses of a glucocorticoid, and infusion of dextran 75 solution. In the two cases presented, the patients appeared to be lifeless when discovered, but no cerebral abnormality could be detected at the time of discharge approximately one week later.