We report herein a case of an incorrectly applied Heimlich maneuver— to the best of our knowledge, the first reported fatal complication associated with a Heimlich maneuver, acute thrombosis of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, and the distal aorta. While the Heimlich maneuver is effective for the relief of foreign body-induced upper airway obstruction, increased efforts should be directed toward instructing the public in correctly recognizing and optimally treating airway obstruction.
Roehm EF, Twiest MW, Williams RC. Abdominal Aortic Thrombosis in Association With an Attempted Heimlich Maneuver. JAMA. 1983;249(9):1186-1187. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330330064037