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Am J Emerg Med. 1987 Mar;5(2):121-2.

Perforated stomach following the Heimlich maneuver.


The use of infradiaphragmatic abdominal pressure for relief of airway obstruction caused by food was first described by Henry Heimlich in 1974. Since that time, several complications have been reported. We report a case of gastric perforation occurring in a choking victim following the application of the Heimlich maneuver.

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