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Inhaled Vomit Into the Lungs Overview

Another name for Inhaled Vomit Into the Lungs is Aspiration Pneumonia.

What is aspiration pneumonia?
A person with aspiration pneumonia has inflammation of the lung, caused by accidentally inhaling food, water, stomach acid, vomit or another material.

What are the symptoms of aspiration pneumonia?
Common symptoms of aspiration pneumonia include cough, breathing difficulty, and wheezing. Some may complain of chest pain that worsens during a deep breath.

How does the doctor treat aspiration pneumonia?
General measures for aspiration pneumonia include oxygen, rest, antibiotics, and bronchodilators to reverse wheezing. Bronchoscopy may be needed to retrieve a lung foreign body.

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Last Updated: Feb 6, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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