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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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

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Pt Dx'd with aspiration pneumonia. On antibiotic IV for 2 days now disc. Pt. has occasional bronchial sounding cough. Is pt pneumonia free?

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

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How soon does Aspiration pneumonia start?I was swimming last night andaccidentally inhaledsome water.I have had pain wheni breathe deeply occasionally

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

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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more