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asphyxia




The complex of symptoms due to the inability to take oxygen into or excrete carbon dioxide from the lungs. The commonest causes of asphyxia are drowning, suffocation, or strangling; inhalation of toxic gases; obstruction of the larynx, trachea, or bronchi (which can occur in severe cases of asthma or diphtheria). Early artificial respiration is essential.


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