[The choking game in adolescence, between experimentation and risk]

Arch Argent Pediatr. 2011 Feb;109(1):59-61. doi: 10.1590/S0325-00752011000100013.
[Article in Spanish]


In the last year there was happened a series of adolescent deaths in the province of Salta that might be related to a dangerous game known as "the choking game". It has been practiced over many years in different countries around the world and consists of provoking brain hypoxia for some seconds by different techniques to obtain an instant of ecstasy and pleasure. We consider relevant that health providers know about this practice and so be able to recognize through signs and symptoms when an adolescent might be playing this game.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Airway Obstruction*
  • Humans
  • Play and Playthings*
  • Risk
  • Risk-Taking*