dry drowning


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dry drown·ing

drowning by asphyxiation in an individual whose laryngeal reflexes are brisk, resulting in spasm that prevents inhalation of water; may be associated with the highest recovery rate.
A phenomenon seen in 90% of resuscitated drowning victims, in whom aspirated water is minimal, presumably due to reflex laryngospasm with airway obstruction and asphyxia; a rapid return of spontaneous ventilation is typical, if CPR is begun early and the period of anoxia is brief

dry drowning

A phenomenon seen in 90% of resuscitated drowning victims, in whom aspirated water is minimal, presumably due to reflex laryngospasm with airway obstruction and asphyxia; a rapid return of spontaneous ventilation is typical, if CPR is begun early and period of anoxia brief. See Drowning. Cf Wet drowning.
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Be aware on the risk of dry drowning after a rescue: always go to hospital.
He died from the shock of falling into the water, a process known as dry drowning, the jury was told.
However he said Craig had not been attacked and it was possible so-called dry drowning could have occurred, a reflex stopping of the heart on sudden entry into cold water.
Experts consider some individuals who drown as victims of dry drowning.
This continues until they have to breathe, thereby involuntarily inhaling a large volume of water, which either enters the lungs (in most instances) or reaches the larynx--producing the laryngeal spasm that results in dry drowning.