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Strangulation

Strangulation

Strangulation is pressure on the neck that can cause injury to the spinal cord, brain stem, or neck structures; complete airway obstruction; cardiac arrest; or death. Strangulation may be a purposeful action or result from an accident.

Last Revised: May 16, 2013

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD

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