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Aspiration

Aspiration occurs when an object or liquid was inhaled into the respiratory tract, either the windpipe or the lungs.

Aspiration is likely to cause problems such as infection, inflammation, or blockage (obstruction) that require a visit to a doctor.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David Messenger, MD
Last Revised July 11, 2011

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