Acute Aortic Thrombosis following Incorrect Application of the Heimlich Maneuver

@article{Mack2002AcuteAT,
  title={Acute Aortic Thrombosis following Incorrect Application of the Heimlich Maneuver},
  author={Lloyd A. Mack and Thomas L. Forbes and Kenneth A. Harris},
  journal={Annals of Vascular Surgery},
  year={2002},
  volume={16},
  pages={130-133}
}
The Heimlich maneuver has been widely accepted as a safe and effective method of relieving life-threatening foreign-body upper airway obstruction. When applied incorrectly, however, it may result in direct trauma to the intraabdominal viscera. Only two cases of major aortic complications have been reported. Both have involved thrombosis of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. We report two further instances of aortic thrombotic complications due to the incorrect application of the Heimlich maneuver… Expand
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