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Choking, as foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO), is the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury death. It occurs when breathing is impeded by a blockage inside of the throat or windpipe, resulting in oxygen deprivation. Although oxygen stored in the blood and lungs can keep a person alive for several minutes after breathing stops, choking often leads to death.
Choking was the fourth most common cause of unintentional injury-related deaths in the US in 2011. Over 4,000 choking-related deaths occur in the United States every year. Deaths from choking most often occur in the very young (children under 2 years old) and in the elderly (adults over 75 years).Foods that can adapt their shape to that of the pharynx (such as bananas, marshmallows, or gelatinous candies) are more dangerous, and other foods commonly cause choking in people of all ages.Providing immediate and appropriate first aid can solve this type of choking, saving the victim (read further below).
Any problem in the process of breathing can also be considered choking.

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