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Procedure - Pulmonary Aspiration

A pulmonary aspiration occurs when foreign objects (liquids, food, vomit, saliva) enter the lungs. This is often referred to as food “going down the wrong pipe.” These foreign objects can carry bacteria into your lungs. Healthy lungs are able to process bacteria on their own. However, unhealthy lungs can develop serious problems such as pneumonia, choking, chemical pneumonitis, and asphyxiation. Specialists at Ogden Clinic in Utah can diagnose and treat the symptoms of pulmonary aspiration.

Symptoms and Risk Factors

Choking or coughing before or after you swallow is the main symptom of aspiration. This is your body’s way of trying to remove the foreign object from the windpipe. Other symptoms of pulmonary aspiration include a shortness of breath, wheezing, fast or noisy breathing, regurgitation, or impaired voice.

Conditions that affect consciousness can increase the risk factor for pulmonary aspirations, such as traumatic brain injury, alcohol intoxication, or general anesthesia. Those who are unable to cough due to a stroke or nervous system condition have the highest risk for aspiration.

Treatment Options

An Ogden Clinic provider may be able to diagnose pulmonary aspiration by observing how one swallows liquid and solid food. An Ogden Clinic healthcare provider may even perform a test called a videofluoroscopic swallowing study. During this test, your doctor will observe you swallowing a variety of different foods and liquids.

Treatment for pulmonary aspiration includes close observation of the airway to ensure it remains open. To prevent aspiration you can practice a variety of behaviors, such as taking smaller bites, refraining from speaking or laughing with food or liquid in your mouth, avoiding foods that are difficult to swallow, and following the therapies recommended by your healthcare professional, including possibly undergoing a swallowing study.

Treatment for aspiration pneumonia will depend on the severity of the condition. While some people are hospitalized and need a ventilator machine to assist in breathing, others may only require antibiotic medication.

If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to contact Ogden Clinic in Utah and make an appointment to be checked for pulmonary aspiration.

Kelly  Amann, DO, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Grand View

Amann, Kelly, DO
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900
Elisabeth  Anderson, PA-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Professional Center North

Anderson, Elisabeth, PA-C
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000
Brett  Arbon, FNP-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Mountain View

Arbon, Brett, FNP-C
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600
Chase  Bailey, DNP, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Grand View

Bailey, Chase, DNP
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900
Enrique  Baires, MD, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Grand View

Baires, Enrique, MD
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900
Carolyn  Belfry, MD, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Mountain View

Belfry, Carolyn, MD
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600
Candace  Bielik, PA-C, Family Medicine,  South Ogden Family Medicine - Ogden Clinic

Bielik, Candace, PA-C
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-479-7771
Daniel  Broadbent, MD, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Farmington

Broadbent, Daniel, MD
991 W. Shepard Lane
Farmington, UT
801-397-6080
Michael  Browne, PA-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Canyon View

Browne, Michael, PA-C
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700
Stephen  Bruce, MD, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  South Ogden Family Medicine - Ogden Clinic

Bruce, Stephen, MD
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-479-7771
Bridger  Butters, PA-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Cope Family Medicine - Ogden Clinic

Butters, Bridger, PA-C
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112
Daniel  Chappell, DO, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  McKay-Dee Hospital – Laborist Program, Farmington, LDS Hospital - Labor and Delivery Services, Lakeview Hospital - Labor and Delivery Services

Chappell, Daniel, DO
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-397-6080
D. Carl  Christensen, FNP-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Davis Family Physicians - Ogden Clinic

Christensen, D. Carl, FNP-C
3225 W. Gordon Ave
Layton, UT
801-397-6150
Lane  Christensen, DNP, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Professional Center North

Christensen, Lane, DNP
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000
Mark  Christian, MD, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Cope Family Medicine - Ogden Clinic

Christian, Mark, MD
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112
Van  Christiansen, MD, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Mountain View

Christiansen, Van, MD
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600
David  Cope, MD, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Cope Family Medicine - Ogden Clinic, LDS Hospital - Labor and Delivery Services, Lakeview Hospital - Labor and Delivery Services

Cope, David, MD
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112
Christopher  Davis, DO, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Davis Family Physicians - Ogden Clinic

Davis, Christopher, DO
3225 W. Gordon Ave
Layton, UT
801-397-6150
Darek  Eggleston, DO, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Mountain View

Eggleston, Darek, DO
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600
Roxina  Fischer, FNP-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Skyline

Fischer, Roxina, FNP-C
6112 South 1550 East
South Ogden, UT
801-475-3800
Rodney  Grogan, PA-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Grand View

Grogan, Rodney, PA-C
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900
Matthew  Hagemeyer, MD, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Canyon View

Hagemeyer, Matthew, MD
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700
Lane  Heder, PA-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Davis Family Physicians - Ogden Clinic

Heder, Lane, PA-C
3225 W. Gordon Ave
Layton, UT
801-397-6150
John  Hemmersmeier, MD, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  South Ogden Family Medicine - Ogden Clinic

Hemmersmeier, John, MD
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-479-7771
Eric  Johnson, PA-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Canyon View

Johnson, Eric, PA-C
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700
Dallen  Larson, PA-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Professional Center North

Larson, Dallen, PA-C
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000
Damon  Marsh, PA-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Mountain View

Marsh, Damon, PA-C
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600
Brett  Martindale, MD, Family Medicine, Sports Medicine,  Professional Center South, South Ogden Family Medicine - Ogden Clinic

Martindale, Brett, MD
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3300
Brian  Mattsson, PA-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Mountain View

Mattsson, Brian, PA-C
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600
Lisa  Miconi-Correa, FNP-BC, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  South Ogden Family Medicine - Ogden Clinic

Miconi-Correa, Lisa, FNP-BC
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-479-7771
Roark  Neville, MD, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Davis Family Physicians - Ogden Clinic

Neville, Roark, MD
3225 W. Gordon Ave
Layton, UT
801-397-6150
Grace  O'Brien, DO, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Skyline

O'Brien, Grace, DO
6112 South 1550 East
South Ogden, UT
801-475-3800
Bryce  Peterson, MD, FAAFP, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Cope Family Medicine - Ogden Clinic

Peterson, Bryce, MD, FAAFP
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112
Kerry  Reynolds, PA-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Canyon View

Reynolds, Kerry, PA-C
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700
Rebecca  Sandberg, FNP-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Cope Family Medicine - Ogden Clinic

Sandberg, Rebecca, FNP-C
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112
J. David Schmitz, MD, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Canyon View

Schmitz, J., MD
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700
Emily  Shanafelt, FNP-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Grand View

Shanafelt, Emily, FNP-C
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900
Lisa  Stephens, PA-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Grand View, Davis Family Physicians - Ogden Clinic

Stephens, Lisa, PA-C
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-397-6150
Raymond  Ward, MD, PhD, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Cope Family Medicine - Ogden Clinic

Ward, Raymond, MD, PhD
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112
Amanda  Ward, FNP-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  South Ogden Family Medicine - Ogden Clinic

Ward, Amanda, FNP-C
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-298-4112
Michelle  Wasden, PA-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Mountain View

Wasden, Michelle, PA-C
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600
Renee  West, MD, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Professional Center North

West, Renee, MD
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000
Ryan  Westbroek, FNP-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Skyline

Westbroek, Ryan, FNP-C
6112 South 1550 East
South Ogden, UT
801-475-3800
Kayleen  Wilson, FNP-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Grand View

Wilson, Kayleen, FNP-C
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900
Darin  Winn, MD, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Professional Center North

Winn, Darin, MD
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000
Kurtis (K.C.)  Woolf, MD, Family Medicine,  Grand View, Davis Family Physicians - Ogden Clinic

Woolf, Kurtis (K.C.), MD
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900
Jessica  Wozab, PA-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Grand View

Wozab, Jessica, PA-C
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900