Gastric rupture after Heimlich maneuver and cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Hepatogastroenterology. 2001 Jan-Feb;48(37):109-11.


Choking is a common emergency problem. The Heimlich maneuver is unquestionably effective in relieving airway obstruction. Serious and life-threatening complications may arise, however, if the maneuver is applied incorrectly. Two cases of gastric rupture after Heimlich maneuver are reported. Lay public, paramedics and the medical professionals should be educated with the correct technique of Heimlich maneuver and its potential complications. All patients receiving Heimlich maneuver should be examined by an experienced physician.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Airway Obstruction / therapy*
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • First Aid / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Stomach Rupture / etiology*