Aspiration Pneumonia is inflammation of the lungs and airways to the lungs (bronchial tubes) from breathing. Tiny particles from the mouth frequently dribble or are inhaled (aspirated) into the airways. Usually they are cleared out by normal defense mechanisms (such as coughing) before they can get into the lungs and cause inflammation or infection. When such particles are not cleared, they can cause aspiration pneumonia.
Symptoms of Aspiration Pneumonia
Symptoms of Aspiration Pneumonia include:
- Bluish discoloration of the skin
- Chest pain
- With foul-smelling phlegm (sputum)
- With sputum containing pus or blood
- With greenish sputum
- Shortness of breath
- Breath odor
- Excessive sweating
- Swallowing difficulty
Treatment and Prognosis of Aspiration Pneumonia
Treatment depends on the severity of the pneumonia. Treatment could be as simple as receiving antibiotics that treat the bacteria to extreme measures of needing to be hospitalized.
The outcome of aspiration pneumonia depends on the severity of the pneumonia, the type of bacteria causing the pneumonia, and how much of the lungs were involved.
The patient could have a long-term illness if acute respiratory failure develops. The outcome may also be affected if the person who has aspiration pneumonia has other serious health problems.
Prevention of Aspiration Pneumonia
To prevent aspiration pneumonia:
- Avoid behaviors that may lead to aspiration, such as excessive alcohol use
- Become aware of the risks of aspiration
Risks of Aspiration Pneumonia
The most common risks of aspiration pneumonia are:
- Acute respiratory distress syndrome
- Low blood pressure
- Pneumonia with lung abscess
- Spread of infection to the bloodstream
- Spread of infection to other areas of the body
Contact a Michigan Aspiration Pneumonia Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you or a family member had aspiration pneumonia and believe that a hospital or doctor did not properly treat your condition, you should contact our office immediately to discuss your case. There are strict time limitations for filing medical malpractice cases in Michigan and if you wait too long, your case may be barred forever. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 or simply submit this contact form.
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