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Aspiration Pneumonia Death
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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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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
Have history of aspiration pneumonia. My face sweats profusely when I wake up, is this a sign I'm getting sick again?
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
Aspiration=gi tract: Aspiration pneumonia typically occurs when something you are swallowing goes into the trachea rather than down the esophagus or is coughed up and lands in the pulmonary tree and not in the stomach l. Breathing cat hairs is likely to cause an allergic reaction first, but I suppose you can get a type of pneumonia if very allergic. ...Read more
I have bronchiatis also and have aspiration pneumonia can the chest pain I have becaused by this. I've done 2 different antibodics and no help?
Possibly: Typically, the pain caused by respiratory infection is worse with deep breath and cough. If yours meets those criteria, then it's likely related. If you have aspiration pneumonia, the question becomes, "why did you aspirate? " if you continue to aspirate, the antibiotics have an uphill battle. ...Read more
Pt Dx'd with aspiration pneumonia. On antibiotic IV for 2 days now disc. Pt. has occasional bronchial sounding cough. Is pt pneumonia free?
Hopefully: Whoever made the diagnosis treated you first on an inpatient basis with IV mess and then decided that you could be treated on an outpatient basis safely. The fact that you have a cough is not a sufficient criteria of cure or not. Talk to your doc. If not satisfied make a virtual consult with me. ...Read more
How soon does Aspiration pneumonia start? I was swimming last night andaccidentally inhaledsome water. I have had pain wheni breathe deeply occasionally
Inhaling pool water: Aspiration pneumonia usually occurs in debilitated patients who cannot protect their airway. I can imagine when u accidentally inhaled some pool water, u coughed vigorously. This is your body's way of protecting u. Patients that get aspiration pneumonia have largely lost this protective effect. If any pool water did somehow make it deep into your lungs, I believe u will recover just fine. ...Read more
Where & what lung sounds are most lassociated with developing aspiration pneumonia in kid with trach?
Crackles: Aspiration pneumonia is most commonly characterized by the sound of 'crackles' in the lung bases. This crackling sound is more commonly heard in the right lung as the the trachea bifurcates at a sharper downward angle toward the right lung in comparison to the left, and is more susceptible to collecting contents of aspiration. ...Read more
Aspiration pneumonia: what are its causes and cures? What causes fluid build up in the lungs? Will infections set in?
Aspiration pneumonia: It is an inflamation of the lungs due to food, liquids, and often stomach acid entering lungs through the trachea. Its most common in those with swallowing abnormalities where the entrance to trachea is not adequately covered during swallowing. Reflux is often a contributing factor. Often more common in the elderly. Secondary infection may set in. Prevention is important in those predisposed. ...Read more
Possibility of aspiration pneumonia my 7 m.O baby chocked on liquid vitamins, coughed violently, vomited, still occasionally coughs 12 hours after.
Choke/cough: Anytime there is a combination of choking on something in an infant or toddler followed by coughing, there is a possibility that a small aspiration occurred. It is also possible a little 'went down the wrong way' and the trachea (windpipe) is a little irritated. If any difficulty or distress breathing needs to be seen now/today. If just the little coughing and otherwise fine, humidity and observe. ...Read more
What's better for senior to have installed after stroke. Cannot eat and has dementia and is bedridden. Less regurgitation, and aspiration pneumonia?
Quality of life...: Sometime a feeding tube is used but with advanced dementia, feeding tube often causes more harm than good. It is not easy, but significant illnesses reduces hunger and so one often does not feel hungry. Use of feeding tube thus equals forced feeding which is not a good thing. Have a family meeting; discuss the wish of the person and respect it. It is not easy. Good luck. ...Read more
So I am diagnosed with Aspiration Pneumonia w/ acute respiratory failure. I saw my Lab values from my labs, I was wondering if you could explain them?
Need consultation.: We could certainly review lab results during a virtual consultation. ...Read more
What's the difference between a mild/starting aspiration pneumonia and a severe one. Is there less lung damage if caught and treated early? Thanks!
How long does it take to recover from aspiration pneumonia (vomit into right lower lobe and left) as a result of intubation in a healthy 36 yr male?
Depends: From 3-5 days to a month, all depends on ph of gastric content, particulate matter, recovering abilities and other comorbidities and certainly quality of treating physicians. ...Read more