Inhaled Liquids Into the Lungs Underlying Cause
Aspiration pneumonia is caused by accidentally inhaling food, water, stomach acid, vomit, or another material into the lungs. The worst pneumonia results from the aspiration of stomach acid. Aspirated substances may contain bacteria, which requires treatment with an antibiotic.
Causes of aspiration pneumonia include:
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