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J Vasc Surg. 2003 Aug;38(2):380-2.

Proximal aortic stent-graft displacement with type I endoleak due to Heimlich maneuver.

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Section of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston VAMC (112), 2002 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX 77030, USA. plin@bcm.rmc.edu

Abstract

The Heimlich maneuver has saved countless lives by relieving foreign body obstruction from the respiratory tract. Complications related to this life-saving technique, particularly involving the abdominal aorta, are extremely rare. We report the case of a patient who underwent successful endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair, with AAA reduction at postoperative surveillance. Endograft displacement after performance of the Heimlich maneuver resulted in a proximal type I endoleak. This case underscores both the potential for aortic trauma from the Heimlich maneuver and the risk for clinical failure as a result of abdominal compression after successful endovascular AAA repair.

PMID:
12891124
DOI:
10.1016/s0741-5214(03)00294-5
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