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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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Can peg feeding prevent/reduce the re-occurence of aspiration pneumonia in a 49-yr old person with dysphagia due to advanced multiple sclorosis?

Multiple sclerosis : Very good question. The purpose of the peg should be to maintain nutritional support in the presence of inability to swallow. Some articles question it's benefit in reducing the risk of aspiration pneumonia regardless of the cause of dysphagia. In fact, the risk of aspiration pneumonia my be higher in some. Elevating the bed 30 degrees and the use continuous pump-assisted feeding reduces risk. ...Read more

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For an elderly with dementia, to further avoid aspiration pneumonia should we replace the peg tube for a pej one. Is that an option?Consequences? Thx

Yes it is an option: If she is having aspiration while receiving feedings via a peg tube, conversion to j- tube should diminish aspiration from gastric reflux( assuming there is no obstruction distally in the GI tract). If the aspiration is from swallowing, conversion will not help. If her dementia is profound, it may be helpful to discuss both medical and life goals with her physician or ethics board. ...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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Does aspiration pneumonia occurs for just 3 hours?

Does aspiration pneumonia occurs for just 3 hours?

No: Aspiration can occur in seconds.Deoending on the liquid or item aspirated, coughing, pneumonia, or sudden death can occur. Most of us will cough water out. Solid steak, peanuts etc can obstruct an entire airway. Stomach contents, acid, may be in variable volumes and quite irritating to bronchi and lungs and lead to pneumonia and abscesses. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have aspiration pneumonia?

I need help! How do I know if I have aspiration pneumonia?

Pneumonia: If you think you have any type of pneumonia, please see your doctor and discuss all your symptoms.. Your doc will be able to help determine the type of pneumonia and proper treatment. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: aspiration pneumonia?

What is the definition or description of: aspiration pneumonia?

Inhaling liquid: Our breathing and digestive systems both start from the throat. When we eat or drink something, our body stops our breathing for a moment until we finish swallowing. Then we breathe again. When we breathe with liquid in our throat, we are likely to suck the liquid into the lungs with the air. This is called aspiration. If it is irritating or infected, the problem is called aspiration pneumonia. ...Read more

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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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What could I do to find out if i will get aspiration pneumonia from food that i choaked on?

Symptoms: Often aspirated food causes inflammation, but it only occasionally causes infections. If you have fevers, chills, sharp chest pain, or worsening cough then you may need further evaluation and perhaps antibiotics. ...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?

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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Do people with aspiration pneumonia have a lot of pain?

Do people with aspiration pneumonia have a lot of pain?

No: Not typically, aspiration pneumonia is not typically painful, unless there is some complication of the pneumonia or a condition related that predisposed to aspiration is causing pain. ...Read more

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Could right sided perihilar pneumonia be aspiration pneumonia?

Yes: Aspiration pneumonia most commonly is on the right side. Usually history of vomiting before. Most common in people who have difficulty swallowing. ...Read more

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What bhappens if coughed during endoscopy will not do any damage to esophagous or aspiration pneumonia?

What bhappens if coughed during endoscopy will not do any damage to esophagous or aspiration pneumonia?

While coughing &....: ..and gagging are common whenever a tube is slid down the throat, but that doesn't cause aspiration pneumonia. Reflux or regurgitation of stomach contents is what can cause it. That's why you shouldn't eat or drink anything ~ 12 hours beforehand. The endoscope is a flexible tube that may irritate the esophagus temporarily ,but it doesn't cause damage or long term problems. ...Read more

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My dr asked to do a trac on a family member who was been on respirator 10 days today from aspiration pneumonia... Is this the best/right thing to do?

My dr asked to do a trac on a family member who was been on respirator 10 days today from aspiration pneumonia... Is this the best/right thing to do?

Yes: Those who are intubated longer than 10 days have higher respiratory complications. When done correctly the tracheostomy can be a very good procedure that prevents respiratory complications and even help the patient come off the respirator in some cases. ...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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Pneumonia (Definition)

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