Pulmonary consequences of aspiration

Peter B. Terry, Steven D. Fuller

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Aspiration can lead to serious pulmonary disease and occasionally death. Substances aspirated commonly include bacteria or gastric contents or both, but may be as unusual as diesel oil or a variety of foreign bodies. Pulmonary symptoms range from a subtle cough, wheezing, or hoarseness to severe dyspnea or asphyxiation. We discuss the mechanism of pulmonary disease caused by aspiration as well as the appropriate treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-183
Number of pages5
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1989


  • Aspiration
  • Bacteria
  • Pneumonia
  • Reflux

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Speech and Hearing


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