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Aspiration Pnuemonia


Updated March 25, 2011

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Aspiration pneumonia is a respiratory infection that is caused when food or fluids are aspirated - or inhaled - into the lungs. The food or fluid causes infection to develop in the lungs and can prove deadly if not treated.

Aspiration pneumonia is common in individuals with advanced dementia.

Also Known As: pneumonia

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