Aspiration Pneumonitis or Mendelson's Syndrome is a result of aspiration (or breathing in) of the regurgitated contents of the stomach and gastric juices into the respiratory tract. Serious injuries that could possibly cause death is due to the result of inhaling gastric contents into the larynx and lower lungs during surgeries which is why a person is required to fast before a surgery. A stomach being empty before surgery minimizes the risk of aspiration pneumonitis. Aspiration Pneumonitis is almost always caused by a medical malpractice.
Symptoms of Aspiration Pneumonitis / Mendelson's Syndrome
Symptoms of aspiration pneumonitis / mendelson's syndrome do not always show up immediately. Symptoms could appear two to five hours following aspiration or may not even appear at all, known as silent aspiration.
Symptoms of the Aspiration Pneumonitis / Mendelson's Syndrome include:
- Oxygen deprivation
- Cardiac failure
- Low blood pressure
- Fluid in lungs
- Severe acute respiratory distress syndrome
Who Is Susceptible For Aspiration Pneumonitis / Mendelson's Syndrome
Some people have a higher risk for aspiration pneumonitis compared to others. This is due to the physical condition the person is in.
Some conditions that present higher risk include:
- Morbidly obese
- Diabetics with gastro paresis
- Hiatus hernia
- Achalasia cardia
Prevention of Aspiration Pneumonitis / Mendelson's Syndrome
Aspiration Pneumonitis can be prevented. To minimize or eliminate risk of aspiration pneumonitis careful monitoring during anesthesia, proper airway management, and careful precautions before surgery such as making sure the stomach is empty should be taken. Preventative techniques include nasogastric decompression, acid neutralization, acid suppression, increased gastric peristalsis, and certain drugs that minimize the risk.
Risks of Aspiration Pneumonitis / Mendelson's Syndrome
Aspiration pneumonitis is one of the major risks of surgery involving general anesthesia. Due to the fact that aspiration pneumonitis can be prevented, when aspiration pneumonitis takes places it is almost always caused from medical negligence or medical malpractice.
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