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Choking in the Conscious Adult

Alternate Names : Heimlich Maneuver for Choking in the Conscious Adult, Obstructed Airway

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Choking in a conscious adult may occur when the upper airway, usually the throat or wind pipe, is blocked by an object or irritation.

What are the causes and risks of the injury?

Choking is more likely if a person:

  • swallows large, poorly chewed pieces of food
  • drinks too much alcohol
  • wears poorly fitting dentures
  • talks or laughs while eating

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    Choking in the Conscious Adult: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: James Broomfield, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/05/01



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