What is the role of the Heimlich maneuver in the treatment of dysphagia?

Updated: Mar 20, 2020
  • Author: Nam-Jong Paik, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Elizabeth A Moberg-Wolff, MD  more...
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The Heimlich maneuver is used to dislodge food that the patient cannot cough out of the airway. The maneuver consists of wrapping one's arms around the upper abdomen of the victim from behind and squeezing mightily and quickly in a brief, fervent hug.


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