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Dysphagia After Heimlich Maneuver*

Stephen A. Olenchock, Jr; Deborah M. Rowlands; James F. Reed, III; Fernando M. Garzia; Joseph M. Zasik
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*From the Departments of Surgery (Dr. Olenchock) and Medicine (Dr. Rowlands), the Research Institute (Dr. Reed), and Divisions of Cardiothoracic Surgery (Dr. Garzia) and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Dr. Zasik), St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network, Bethlehem, PA.

Correspondence to: Stephen A. Olenchock, Jr., DO, St. Luke’s Hospital, Department of Surgery, 801 Ostrum St, Bethlehem, PA 18015; e-mail: olenchock@pol.net



Chest. 2004;125(1):302-304. doi:10.1378/chest.125.1.302
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A 56-year-old man presented with complaints of dysphagia and shortness of breath for the past 2 days. He denied chest pain, cough, fever, chills, or chest trauma. Ten days prior to hospital admission, the patient was self-treated with the Heimlich maneuver after choking on a piece of candy. The patient had a 120–pack-year history of smoking and a medical history significant for emphysema. He had been using his inhalers regularly. In the ambulance, the patient received two albuterol nebulizer treatments without relief of his symptoms.

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