Traumatic dissection and rupture of the abdominal aorta as a complication of the Heimlich maneuver

Shaun C. Desai, Dennis J. Chute, Bharati C. Desai, Eugene R. Koloski

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Abstract

Although the Heimlich maneuver is considered the best intervention for relieving acute upper airway obstruction, several complications have been reported in the literature. These complications can occur as a result of an increase in abdominal pressure leading to a variety of well-documented visceral injuries, including the great vessels. Acute abdominal aortic thrombosis after the Heimlich maneuver is a rare but recognized event; however, to date no case of traumatic dissection and rupture of the abdominal aorta has been described. We report the first known case, to our knowledge, of a traumatic dissection and rupture of the abdominal aorta after a forcefully applied Heimlich maneuver.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1325-1327
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of vascular surgery
Volume48
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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