Strangulation is squeezing of the neck with enough force to block the flow of blood to the brain and/or the flow air to the lungs. The loss of blood flow deprives the brain cells of vital oxygen. Even short periods of time without oxygen can cause damage to the brain.
Choking game prevention, children ages 6-19 years. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/injury_prevention/children/fact_sheets/6-19_years/choking_game_prevention_6-19_years.htm. Updated June 2010. Accessed December 15, 2017.
Household safety. Nemours Kid's Health website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/home/safety_entrap.html#a_Avoiding_Potential_Hazards. Updated October 2016. Accessed December 15, 2017..
Strangulation Can Leave Long-Lasting Injuries. Domestic Shelters website. Available at: https://www.domesticshelters.org/domestic-violence-articles-information/strangulation-can-leave-long-lasting-injuries#.WjQeyFWnFEY. Updated April 4, 2016. Accessed December 15, 2017.
EBSCO Information Services is fully accredited by URAC. URAC is an independent, nonprofit health care accrediting organization dedicated to promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification and commendation.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
To send comments or feedback to our Editorial Team regarding the content please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Health Library Support team will respond to your email request within 2 business days.