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ca·fe cor·o·nar·y

sudden collapse while eating that results from food impaction closing the glottis; often erroneously thought to stem from coronary artery disease.

café coronary

[kəfā′]
a collapse of a person who is eating, caused by asphyxiation that results from obstruction of the glottis by a food bolus. Because the signs are similar to those of a heart attack, such episodes are frequently mistaken for coronary occlusions. See also Heimlich maneuver.

café coronary

Complete and abrupt upper airway obstruction by a bolus of food, often meat, which occludes the oesophagus and larynx, so named as the sudden onset of symptoms simulates acute myocardial infarction. Café coronaries victims are speechless, breathless and, without assistance (e.g., Heimlich manoeuvre), will die.
 
Clinical findings
Violent coughing, cyanosis, collapse, death.

café coronary

Vallecular dysphagia Emergency medicine Complete and abrupt upper airway obstruction by a bolus of food, often meat, which occludes the esophagus and larynx, so named as the sudden onset of Sx simulates acute MI; CC victims are speechless, breathless and, without help–eg Heimlich maneuver–lifeless At-risk groups Inebriated, bedentured, mentally retarded, demented, gluttonous Clinical Violent coughing, cyanosis, collapse, death. Cf Steakhouse syndrome, Sushi syncope.

caf·é cor·o·nar·y

(kaf-ā' kōr'ŏ-nār'ē)
Sudden collapse while eating due to food impaction closing the glottis; often erroneously thought to stem from coronary artery disease.