The Heimlich maneuver has saved countless lives by relieving foreign body obstruction from the respiratory tract. Complications related to this life-saving technique, particularly involving the abdominal aorta, are extremely rare. We report the case of a patient who underwent successful endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair, with AAA reduction at postoperative surveillance. Endograft displacement after performance of the Heimlich maneuver resulted in a proximal type I endoleak. This case underscores both the potential for aortic trauma from the Heimlich maneuver and the risk for clinical failure as a result of abdominal compression after successful endovascular AAA repair. Copyright © 2003 by The Society for Vascular Surgery and The American Association for Vascular Surgery.
Lin, P. H., Bush, R. L., & Lumsden, A. B. (2003). Proximal aortic stent-graft displacement with type I endoleak due to Heimlich maneuver. Journal of Vascular Surgery, 38(2), 380–382. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0741-5214(03)00294-5