Several years ago, we ran a Pediatric Perspectives article on the “choking game” that highlighted its dangers ( 10.1542/peds.2009-1287). What is the game? It involves attempts to auto-strangulate or have others attempt to cut off a person’s air supply to the point where that someone passes out, but it can also lead to death or serious permanent neurologic impairment. This week we release a study by Ibrahim et al. ( 10.1542/peds.2016-0778) looking at the prevalence of this game being played through data obtained from surveys of more than 20,800 teens in eighth grade in Oregon.
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