Heimlich trauma: A violent maneuver

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The Heimlich maneuver is a life-saving technique for dislodging foreign material from the respiratory tract. This report illustrates intraabdominal injuries, including a large mesenteric laceration, mesenteric contusions, and intraperitoneal hemorrhage, that occurred in a recipient of a vigorously applied Heimlich maneuver. The potential for confusing such injuries with homicidally inflicted injuries is emphasized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-67
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 19 2001


  • Heimlich maneuver
  • Injury
  • Mesenteric contusion
  • Mesenteric laceration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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