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Foreign Body Airway Obstruction Print E-mail

Dr. Kennedy A foreign body airway obstruction is a partial or complete blockage of the breathing tubes to the lungs due to a foreign body (e.g., food, a bead, toy, etc.). The onset of respiratory distress may be sudden with cough and speechlessness due to blockage of the air supply to the larynx. There is often agitation in the early stage of airway obstruction. The signs of respiratory distress include labored, ineffective breathing until the person is no longer breathing (apneic). Loss of consciousness occurs if the obstruction is not relieved. Treatment of airway obstruction due to a foreign body includes the Heimlich maneuver in adults, a series of 5 abdominal thrusts, a children's version of the Heimlich maneuver in children over 1 year of age, and a combination of 5 back blows (with the flat of the hand) and 5 abdominal thrusts (with 2 fingers on the upper abdomen) in infants under 1 year of age.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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