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My 1.5 yo was drinking yesterday, coughed, spit up & swallowed it down. What is possibility of aspiration pneumonia? How soon & symptoms do I look for?

My 1.5 yo was drinking yesterday, coughed, spit up & swallowed it down. What is  possibility of aspiration pneumonia? How soon & symptoms do I look for?

Quite unusual: Aspiration pneumonia in children with normal gag reflex and immune function is very unusual. If they do develop one, tachypnea (rapid breathing) and coughing will be the early signs. ...Read more

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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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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Possibility of aspiration pneumonia if toddler drinking, coughed, started to spit up & swallowed back down. All while laying. Would symptoms be immediate?

Possibility of aspiration pneumonia if toddler drinking, coughed, started to spit up & swallowed back down. All while laying. Would symptoms be immediate?

Yes: Sounds like he has a normal gag reflex (to help get stuff out or airways that shouldn't be there). It's not uncommon to spit up and cough if goes down wrong tube. Symptoms such as breathing issues or becoming agitated would be somewhat immediate. ...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?

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?

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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Pneumonia (Definition)

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