Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Drowning and Near Drowning Underlying Cause

The cause of death in drowning is the lack of oxygen. When water enters the lungs, the water blocks the transfer of oxygen between the air and the bloodstream. In some cases, muscles spasm in the larynx, which blocks the airway and prevents water from entering the lungs.

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Last Updated: Sep 25, 2007 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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