Choking

Choking occurs when a morsel of food lodges in the larynx or windpipe instead of passing down the oesophagus, causing immediate closure of the glottis and a violent fit of coughing which dislodges the food from the larynx. Someone who is choking can be helped by patting on the back between the shoulder blades. If a morsel of food or other object remains in the windpipe, acute and severe chest constriction occurs. It is then necessary to act quickly. The object can sometimes be expelled from the windpipe by grasping the victim from behind below the ribs and pulling him backwards. Another

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