tongue-swallowing

tongue-swal·low·ing

(tŭng-swal'ō-ing),
A slipping back of the tongue against the pharynx, causing choking.

tongue-swal·low·ing

(tŭng swahl'ō-ing)
A slipping back of the tongue against the pharynx that causes choking.

tongue-swallowing

A condition in which the tongue tends to fall backward and obstruct the openings to the larynx and esophagus. The tongue is not swallowed and the term is inaccurate; nevertheless, it is occasionally used. The condition is due to excessive flaccidity of the tongue during unconsciousness. Airway control is achieved through one of the following maneuvers: forceful elevation of the chin and extension of the head during artificial respiration, in order to open the airway; or insertion of a mechanical airway device, such as an oropharyngeal airway, to push the tongue out of the airway.

CAUTION!

The rescuer should never place his or her hand inside the victim's mouth to move the tongue.
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