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Is it possible for an adult to "Dry Drown" from choking on a cup of water?

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Dr. James Okamoto
28 years experience in Family Medicine
Theoretically: Anything which triggers a laryngospasm can cause "dry drowning". I believe there would have to be an underlying illness for that to occur however, most people have a reflex in the larynx to prevent the water from going into the lungs, but if this spasms (usually from prolonged or persistent exposure to noxious gasses or fluids) it could lead to death.
Answered on Dec 9, 2018
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