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What does aspiration mean?

Aspiration means you’re breathing foreign objects into your airways. Usually, it’s food, saliva, or stomach contents when you swallow, vomit, or experience heartburn. This is common in older adults, infants, and people who have trouble swallowing or controlling their tongue. Most of the time aspiration won’t cause symptoms.

What does it mean for a person to aspirate? Aspiration means you’re breathing foreign objects into your airways. Usually, it’s food, saliva, or stomach contents when you swallow, vomit, or experience heartburn. This is common in older adults, infants, and people who have trouble swallowing or controlling their tongue. Most of the time aspiration won’t cause symptoms.

What does aspiration mean in medical terms? The term aspiration can also refer to a medical procedure, during which a doctor uses a suction tube or needle to remove unwanted fluid from part of a person’s body.

What causes aspiration during swallowing? The only cause for aspiration during the swallow is reduced laryngeal closure. During the swallow, the larynx closes at 3 levels: epiglottis and aryepiglottic folds, false vocal folds, and true vocal folds. In order for aspiration to occur during the swallow, food must penetrate all 3 levels.

What causes people to aspirate their food? Conditions like gastroesophageal reflux disease, which may lead to a narrowing of the esophagus, or food tube, can also make you more likely to aspirate food or fluids. If you have shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing or chest pain after eating, you may have aspirated food.

What causes someone to aspirate?

What causes someone to aspirate? Other causes of aspiration include swallowing dysfunction, anatomical disorders such as an abnormal connection between the air tube and food tube (fistula or cleft), and neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy.

What does aspiration feel like? Shortness of Breath. Another sign of aspiration pneumonia is the feeling like you can’t get enough air into your lungs or you have wheezing, which is a high-pitched whistling sound while you breath. Your resting heart rate and breathing may seem faster than normal and your skin, lips or fingernails may have a somewhat dark, dusky tinge or bluish color to them.

What to do after aspiration? Treatment and support. Antibiotics must be administered immediately after aspiration to treat infection and prevent complications, such as empyema and lung abscesses. Patients with artificial airways (endotracheal tubes or tracheostomies) should be suctioned to keep the airway free of mucus that can block the airway.

What are the symptoms of food aspiration? The main risk with aspirating food into the lungs is suffocation, but other complications such as pneumonia may also occur. Symptoms are usually immediate and involve coughing, difficulty breathing and panic. Food aspiration should be treated as a medical emergency.