Aspiration pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs. It may occur after you breathe in large amounts of foreign material, such as food, liquid, vomit, or mucus.
Aspiration may happen because of a health problem that makes it hard to swallow. These problems include stroke or seizure.
Pneumonia makes it hard to breathe.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
To help with swallowing
To help with pneumonia
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 25, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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