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Signs of a Partially Blocked Windpipe

Signs of a partially blocked windpipe include:

  • Gagging.
  • Coughing.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Mild to moderate anxiety.
  • Wheezing.

The choking rescue procedure (Heimlich maneuver) is not recommended when the above signs are present. A cough will often dislodge the food or object and relieve the symptoms. If coughing does not relieve your symptoms, contact your doctor for evaluation.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David Messenger, MD
Last Revised July 11, 2011

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Last Updated: July 11, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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