Pulmonary aspiration


Pulmonary aspiration is a condition in which food, liquids, saliva, or vomit is breathed into the airways or lungs.

Risk factors include surgery, being less alert due to medications or illness, and drinking large amounts of alcohol.

Pulmonary aspiration may lead to pneumonia or death by suffocation.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017

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