traumatic asphyxiamedical dictionary

Cyanotic asphyxia due to trauma; the extravasation of blood into the skin and conjunctivae, produced by a sudden mechanical increase in venous pressure, analogous to the Rumpel-Leede test; it is common in those who have been hanged, and is seen occasionally in crush injuries.

Synonyms: pressure stasis.

(05 Mar 2000)