A Review Article on Choking

International Journal of Research in Health Sciences,2015,3,3,403-406.
Published:July 2015
Type:Review Article
Author(s) affiliations:

Mamatha K1, Subba Reddy P2

1-Associate Professor, 2-Retired Professor and Head, Department of Forensic Medicine, Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA.


Choking, medically, is an acute internal blockade of upper respiratory passage by a solid foreign object, accidentally, causing death by asphyxia generally or vaso-vagal attack occasionally; occurring mainly in the very young and the elderly; and when it occurs in adults they are usually greedy people who bait there food. Using the word choking to all the conditions where in the cause of death due to obstruction to airways is not correct. The term „choking‟ excludes strangulation, drowning and gagging which all together constitute separate entities so also the death due to various diseases and or their complications can also be excluded as they are natural, pathological and insidious.

A Review Article on Choking