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Doctor insights on: How To Prevent Aspiration Pneumonia

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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?

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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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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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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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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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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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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Pneumonia (Definition)

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