Near-hanging injury

Ann Emerg Med. 1983 Dec;12(12):774-6. doi: 10.1016/s0196-0644(83)80256-x.


Near-hanging injury results in multisystem insult and injury. Acute or delayed respiratory complications can result in death. A survivor can suffer neuropsychiatric sequelae ranging from amnesia to a prolonged vegetative state. Treatment is directed toward ensuring cerebral oxygenation, lowering increased intracranial pressure, and treating respiratory distress. Psychiatric consultation will be necessary in long-term survivors. Patients should be observed for at least 24 hours after a near-hanging injury.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypoxia, Brain / complications
  • Hypoxia, Brain / physiopathology*
  • Hypoxia, Brain / therapy
  • Male
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome / etiology
  • Suicide, Attempted