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Unusual cause of suffocation in an asthmatic adult patient
  1. M A El-Tarchichi,
  2. M F Yafi,
  3. A H Debek
  1. Internal Medicine Department, Kingdom Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  1. Correspondence to Ali Hassan Debek, Internal Medicine Department, Kingdom Hospital, PO Box 84400, Riyadh 11671, Saudi Arabia; alidebek{at}

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A 43-year-old man with a known history of asthma, and is on daily inhalers, presented to the emergency room (ER) because of a persistent sudden onset of difficulty of swallowing associated with throat discomfort and a feeling of “suffocation” after choking while eating soup. The patient's acute coughing and suffocation sensation improved after a few hours, but he reported persistent throat discomfort and breathlessness …

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  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the educational committee of the hospital.

  • Patient consent Obtained.