Aspiration is defined as abnormal entry of fluid or particulate matter into the lower airways. Aspiration pneumonia refers to the pulmonary sequelae of aspiration. Aspiration is common, but aspiration pneumonia is relatively infrequent and usually occurs in patients who have the complication as a result of aspirating large amounts or an aspirate containing toxic materials or particulate matter that is not easily cleared.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Netter's Infectious Disease|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2012|
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