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My son had a choking episode a few days back. I was told to watch for fever. He now has low grade fever and diarrhea. Coincidence or from aspiration?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Maybe coincidence...

Aspiration can range from penetration of larynx with saliva or small amount of swallowed liquid (just irritates vocal cords a bit) to frank aspiration pneumonia (think of it as a non-infectious chemical burn of lungs from stomach acid).
Neither scenario should result in diarrhea, but instead hoarseness, dry cough, shortness of breath, etc.Your son needs a chest x-ray, & further medical evaluation.

In brief: Maybe coincidence...

Aspiration can range from penetration of larynx with saliva or small amount of swallowed liquid (just irritates vocal cords a bit) to frank aspiration pneumonia (think of it as a non-infectious chemical burn of lungs from stomach acid).
Neither scenario should result in diarrhea, but instead hoarseness, dry cough, shortness of breath, etc.Your son needs a chest x-ray, & further medical evaluation.
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