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Definition of Aspriration

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Updated June 29, 2008

Definition: Aspiration refers to the accidental sucking in of food, fluids, or other foreign objects into the lungs. Aspiration is a risk for many patients at the end of life who have dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing. Aspiration can lead to pneumonia, called aspiration pneumonia.
Also Known As: aspiration pneumonia
Common Misspellings: asparation, asperation

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