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March 4, 1983

Abdominal Aortic Thrombosis in Association With an Attempted Heimlich Maneuver

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Bernalillo County Medical Center/University of New Mexico Hospital (Drs Roehm and Williams), and the Department of Surgery, Lovelace Medical Center (Dr Twiest), Albuquerque.

JAMA. 1983;249(9):1186-1187. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330330064037

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.

(JAMA 1983;249:1186-1187)