Traumatic rupture of the stomach secondary to Heimlich maneuver

Marcel W. Dupre, Edibaldo Silva, Sheldon Brotman

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The case of a 93-year-old man who received a Heimlich maneuver while choking is reported. After the procedure, the patient presented with abdominal pain and ultimately was found to have developed a gastric rupture. He was hospitalized for 66 days. Review of the literature showed that only four gastric perforations related to the Heimlich maneuver have been documented. Other complications have occurred. It is reasonable to perform the procedure as an alternative to asphyxiation, but emergency physicians must be aware of the fact that life-threatening complications may ensue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)611-612
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Heimlich maneuver complications
  • rupture of stomach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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