A 43-year-old male asked:
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if you aspirate a little bit of food, will you always get aspiration pneumonia or is there a chance you wont? how likely is it? what would be the first sign? i was eating very creamy split pea soup and it went down the wrong pipe. possible?

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Dr. Holly Maes
36 years experience Pediatrics
Aspirated food: It actually is unusual to develop pneumonia after minor aspirations as the food mainly has just been in the trachea and not down into lungs. The trachea has one of the most responsive reflexes in the body. If even a little bit of foreign material gets in there you cough like crazy. This is to PREV it from getting down into the lungs and setting one up for possible infection developing.
Answered on Nov 14, 2020

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