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Heimlich aorta

Shaun C Desai, Dennis J Chute, Bharati C Desai, Eugene R Koloski
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...
November 2008: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Peter H Lin, Ruth L Bush, Alan B Lumsden
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...
August 2003: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Lloyd Mack, Thomas L Forbes, Kenneth A Harris
The Heimlich maneuver has been widely accepted as a safe and effective method of relieving life-threatening foreign-body upper airway obstruction. When applied incorrectly, however, it may result in direct trauma to the intraabdominal viscera. Only two cases of major aortic complications have been reported. Both have involved thrombosis of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. We report two further instances of aortic thrombotic complications due to the incorrect application of the Heimlich maneuver. The first case resulted in thrombosis of an abdominal aortic aneurysm...
January 2002: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Juan Ayerdi, Sushil K Gupta, Lawrence N Sampson, Narayan Deshmukh
Complications from the Heimlich maneuver are relatively infrequent. Two fatal cases of abdominal aortic thrombosis have been reported following this technique. We report on the first patient that suffered an acute thrombosis of the abdominal aorta and survived. Prompt recognition of this complication provides the only hope of survival from this rare and catastrophic complication.
April 2002: Cardiovascular Surgery: Official Journal of the International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery
S R Gundry, O H Shattuck, A J Razzouk, M J del Rio, F F Sardari, L L Bailey
BACKGROUND: The public's and surgeons' perception of minimally invasive operations are frequently at odds. Nevertheless, real or perceived benefits may result from limiting skin and skeletal trauma. METHODS: Beginning in January 1996, we began approaching most infant and pediatric open heart procedures through an upper sternal split incision using a 1- to 3-inch skin opening and then extended this technique using a 2.5- to 3.5-inch incision for adult aortic and mitral valve replacement...
April 1998: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
E F Roehm, M W Twiest, R C Williams
We report herein a case of an incorrectly applied Heimlich maneuver--to the best of our knowledge, the first reported fatal complication associated with a Heimlich maneuver, acute thrombosis of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, and the distal aorta. While the Heimlich maneuver is effective for the relief of foreign body-induced upper airway obstruction, increased efforts should be directed toward instructing the public in correctly recognizing and optimally treating airway obstruction.
March 4, 1983: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
R L Kirshner, R M Green
We report a case of acute thrombosis of an abdominal aortic aneurysm secondary to a correctly applied and successful Heimlich maneuver. Although the Heimlich maneuver is generally safe and effective, this possible catastrophic consequence needs to be recognized.
July 1985: Journal of Vascular Surgery
H J Heimlich, T W O'Connor
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March 1979: Geriatrics
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