The “Cafe Coronary”

Short communication


S. S. Johannessen And P. J. Bof1n

Department of Forensic Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin,Ireland

Garyounis Medical Journal Vol. 3, No.1. January 1980:101-102


Fifteen cases of the so-called “Cafe Coronary”following impaction of solid food in the larynx during the last 4 years in the city of Dublin are reviewed. The easily remembered name of a preventable accidental death is misleading and we recommend that it be a bandoned in favour of its correct title, i.e. impaction of food in the larynx.

Keywords: The “Cafe Coronary”