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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.


Amann, Kelly, DO
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900

Anderson, Elisabeth, PA-C
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000

Arbon, Brett, FNP-C
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600

Bailey, Chase, DNP
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900

Baires, Enrique, MD
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900

Belfry, Carolyn, MD
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600

Bielik, Candace, PA-C
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-479-7771

Broadbent, Daniel, MD
991 W. Shepard Lane
Farmington, UT
801-397-6080

Browne, Michael, PA-C
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700

Bruce, Stephen, MD
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-479-7771

Butters, Bridger, PA-C
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112

Chappell, Daniel, DO
991 W. Shepard Lane
Farmington, UT
801-397-6080

Christensen, D. Carl, FNP-C
3225 W. Gordon Ave
Layton, UT
801-397-6150

Christensen, Lane, DNP
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000

Christian, Mark, MD
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112

Christiansen, Van, MD
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600

Cope, David, MD
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112

Davis, Christopher, DO
3225 W. Gordon Ave
Layton, UT
801-397-6150

Eggleston, Darek, DO
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600

Fischer, Roxina, FNP-C
6112 South 1550 East
South Ogden, UT
801-475-3800

Grogan, Rodney, PA-C
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900

Hagemeyer, Matthew, MD
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700

Heder, Lane, PA-C
3225 W. Gordon Ave
Layton, UT
801-397-6150

Hemmersmeier, John, MD
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-479-7771

Johnson, Eric, PA-C
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700

Larson, Dallen, PA-C
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000

Marsh, Damon, PA-C
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600

Martindale, Brett, MD
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3300

Miconi-Correa, Lisa, FNP-BC
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-479-7771

Neville, Roark, MD
3225 W. Gordon Ave
Layton, UT
801-397-6150

O'Brien, Grace, DO
6112 South 1550 East
South Ogden, UT
801-475-3800

Peterson, Bryce, MD
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112

Reynolds, Kerry, PA-C
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700

Sandberg, Rebecca, FNP-C
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112

Schmitz, J., MD
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700

Shanafelt, Emily, FNP-C
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900

Stephens, Lisa, PA-C
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-397-6150

Ward, Raymond, MD, PhD
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112

Ward, Amanda, FNP-C
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-298-4112

Wasden, Michelle, PA-C
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600

West, Renee, MD
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000

Westbroek, Ryan, FNP-C
6112 South 1550 East
South Ogden, UT
801-475-3800

Wilson, Kayleen, FNP-C
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900

Winn, Darin, MD
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000

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