Nov 8, 2019
October was Domestic Violence month and in an
effort to help highlight this very important topic, join Drs.
Salzman, Dragoo, and Richardson from Carolinas Emergency
Medicine Residency while they discuss the very important
presentation of Strangulation. This is not a mere
gesture of power, it may be our last opportunity to save this
- Strangulation victims are 750% more likely to
become a homicide victim.
- Strangulation is not choking. Call it what it is.
- External exam findings are often not present
and do not rule out internal injury.
- History is key. Look for neck pain, dizziness, vision/hearing
changes, dysphagia, and SOB.
- Most common internal injury is hyoid
- Suspect strangulation? Get CTA neck. Neuro
findings? Get non-con CT head + MRI brain.
Summarized by Travis Barlock, MD PGY-1