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What is asphyxiation?

Suffocation (asphyxiation) occurs when the body doesn't receive enough oxygen. The most common causes are allergic reactions (throat closes up from swelling), drowning and foreign objects caught in the airway. Without quick intervention, it can result in loss of consciousness, brain damage, or death.

Symptoms of asphyxiation

  • Accidentally swallowed something

  • Losing consciousness

  • Face is persistently pale

  • Face turned pale transiently

  • Face is persistently pale and lips are purplish-blue

  • Decreased responsiveness/expressiveness

  • Noisy breathing; e.g. wheezing, rattling

  • Feeling breathless

Questions your doctor may ask to check for asphyxiation

  • Did you swallow any small objects?

  • Have you temporarily lost consciousness?

  • Is your face always pale?

  • Did your face briefly turn pale?

  • Do you have pale face and purplish-blue lips constantly?

Treatment for asphyxiation

Treatment for asphyxiation is an emergency and is focused first on restoring blood and oxygen supply to the body through CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Furthermore, treatment includes addressing the underlying cause such as the Heimlich maneuver to get rid of foreign bodies in the airway or medications to treat an allergic reaction.

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References

  • Sauvageau A, Boghossian E. Classification of asphyxia: the need for standardization. J Forensic Sci. 2010 Sep;55(5):1259-67. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2010.01459.x. Epub 2010 Jun 17. PMID: 20561144.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20561144/

  • Soar J, Becker LB, Berg KM, Einav S, Ma Q, Olasveengen TM, Paal P, Parr MJA. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation in special circumstances. Lancet. 2021 Oct 2;398(10307):1257-1268. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(21)01257-5. Epub 2021 Aug 26. PMID: 34454688.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34454688/

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Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc (Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician)

Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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