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Aspiration pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs caused by
inhaling large amounts of foreign material, such as food, liquid, vomit, or
mucus. This can happen when a person has become weakened by an illness such as
a seizure or stroke that affects his or her ability to swallow.
Pneumonia can make it hard to breathe. This can reduce the amount of oxygen that gets into the bloodstream. This form of pneumonia is more common in people whose
immune systems are weakened by disease or medicines. People who have aspiration
pneumonia are usually treated with antibiotics in a hospital to prevent or
treat an infection.
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & R. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology
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