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Heimlich Trauma: A Violent Maneuver: American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology

"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. " Read more here

Traumatic rupture of the stomach after Heimlich maneuver: The Journal of Emergency Medicine

"Fatal complications following the performance of the Heimlich maneuver have been reported. A 76-year-old woman presented to the emergency department with signs of respiratory distress, abdominal pain and distension one day after airway obstruction and subsequent resuscitation. Despite successful immediate laparotomy and repair of a ruptured stomach, she later succumbed to the sequelae of aspiration of gastric contents and dehiscence of the gastric tear." Read more here

Complications of the Heimlich maneuver:Journal of Pediatric Surgery

"This report describes a case of pneumomediastinum in a 3-year-old child following the incorrect performance of the Heimlich maneuver." Read more here

Traumatic dissection and rupture of the abdominal aorta as a complication of the Heimlich maneuver:Journal of Vascular Surgery

"...a wide range of complications have been reported. These include frequent minor injuries such as retinal detachment, rib fractures, and incidental pneumopericardium to rupture of the thoracic and abdominal organs. The most common complications described, in order of increasing number of cases reported, include rupture of the diaphragm, jejunum, liver, esophagus, and stomach. Similarly, injury to major vascular structures have been reported, including aortic stent graft displacement, rupture of the aortic valve, acute aortic regurgitation, laceration of a mesenteric vessel, and acute aortic thrombosis in both an aneurysmal and nonaneurysmal aorta. Of the six documented cases of acute thrombosis of the abdominal aorta after the Heimlich maneuver, only one patient survived; however, it is also important to note that the Heimlich maneuver was performed incorrectly in three of these six patients. Incorrect application consisted of forceful infraumbilical thrusts instead of the correct method of applying "supraumblical abdominal thrusts in an upward direction." Read morehere