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I've just been told I have aspiration pneumonia, should I be concerned?

I've just been told I have aspiration pneumonia, should I be concerned?

Yes: Aspiration pneumonia is a serious but treatable lung infection which occurs after a foreign substance is inhaled into the lungs. Antibiotics will usually treat the infection but it is also important to uncover and treat the unlying cause of the aspiration. ...Read more

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Aspiration (Definition)

1. The removal of a gas or fluid by suction. 2. The sucking of fluid or a foreign body into the airway when drawing breath. 3. A surgical technique used in the treatment of cataracts of the eye, in which an incision is made into the cornea, the lens capsule is severed, and the material of the lens is fragmented and ...Read more


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Have history of aspiration pneumonia. My face sweats profusely when I wake up, is this a sign I'm getting sick again?

Have history of aspiration pneumonia.  My face sweats profusely when I wake up,  is this a sign I'm getting sick again?

Sounds like: Menopausal flushing. Not sickness. You don't give menstrual history but you are the right age. Hot flashes can be just on the face. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of astroparesis and aspiration pneumonia?

What are the signs and symptoms of astroparesis and aspiration pneumonia?

Gastroparesis &Pneum: Gastroparesis is delayed emptying of food from stomach into intestines, which increases the chances of food coming up the esophagus as reflux. This can lead to its aspiration into the airways, causing symptoms such as cough, congestion, throat pain, frequent pneumonias etc. Gastroparesis can lead to sensation of full stomach, heaviness, bloating etc. ...Read more

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Signs of aspiration pneumonia in toddlers?

Aspiration pneumonia: Most forms of pneumonia are caused by aspiration of microorganisms from above. The term you are using usually refers to the aspiration of periodontal flora causing an aerobic/anaerobic polymicrobial necrotizing pneumonia. These are generally slowly progressive, causing fever, chest pain, shortness of breath, malodorous sputum and breath, nasty taste in mouth, etc. Very very rare in toddlers. ...Read more

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Just had dinner with friends. They said a classmate just got diagnosed with aspiration pneumonia. I didn't know what to say. Why would someone get that?

Just had dinner with friends. They said a classmate just got diagnosed with aspiration pneumonia. I didn't know what to say. Why would someone get that?

Several scenarios: Aspiration pneumonia usually occurs when someone inhales secretions or vomit. This can occur whenever someone has impairment in their level of consiousness and loss of protective airway protecting reflexes. This includes situations like head injury, epileptic seizure, intoxications, posionings, strokes, severe metabolic problems that cause stupor, and the list goes on. ...Read more

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My 2 yo was laying in bed drinking from a sippy cup watching tv. He coughed and almost spit up but swallowed it. Could this cause aspiration pneumonia?

My 2 yo was laying in bed drinking from a sippy cup watching tv. He coughed and almost spit up but swallowed it. Could this cause aspiration pneumonia?

Upright > 30 angle: This could lead to aspiration pneumonia or inflammation of the airway. Drinking while supine increases the chance for an ear infection also. I would suggest having him sit up while drinking. If he shows any signs of respiratory problems or fever, a follow up visit should be done. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for aspiration pneumonia?

Antibiotics: This is usually a mixed bacterial infection which is slowly progressive and treated with penicillin, clindamycin, and a host of other antibiotics depending upon the doctor's preference. Prolonged therapy may be necessary. It is also important to determine the cause of the aspiration, so that recurrence is minimized and that the primary problem is dealt with. ...Read more

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For an elderly with dementia and dysphagia. Proned to mild aspiration pneumonia. . Gets healed fast with antibiotics and oxygen. Would suctioning help?

For an elderly with dementia and dysphagia. Proned to mild aspiration pneumonia. . Gets healed fast with antibiotics and oxygen. Would suctioning help?

Aspiration.: Barium swallow test should be dien. See if see can change her consistency of fooed to liquid, pureed, thick, or solid food. Demented people do not chew food properly. Suction dies not hurt and you can try. ...Read more

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My newborn son had meconium aspiration pneumonia and chest x-rays twice daily for 1 week. Does the radiation increase his risk for cancer?

My newborn son had meconium aspiration pneumonia and chest x-rays twice daily for 1 week. Does the radiation increase his risk for cancer?

No: There was a media flap some years about after a laughably bad journal study claimed that thousands of people were dying each year from routine chest x-rays. The fallacy was assuming a linear risk where the curve is really sigmoidal or exponential. Junior is gravely sick, needs the x-rays in any case, and my hope is that he will pull through. I'm glad to offer some relief. Good luck and be strong. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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