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What would cause somebody to suddenly start coughing and choking?

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Dr. Stephen Siegel
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: Aspiration

Coughing and chocking occurs when foreign material enters the airway.
People with impaired gag reflex are espcially prone to aspirate. Decreased consciousness as in alcohol intoxication, stroke patients, anesthetized patients, drug overdose can result in decreased or absent gag reflex decrease cough and leading to choking and aspiration. The airway must be clearedto prevent asphyxiation.

In brief: Aspiration

Coughing and chocking occurs when foreign material enters the airway.
People with impaired gag reflex are espcially prone to aspirate. Decreased consciousness as in alcohol intoxication, stroke patients, anesthetized patients, drug overdose can result in decreased or absent gag reflex decrease cough and leading to choking and aspiration. The airway must be clearedto prevent asphyxiation.
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