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What can cause you to aspirate?

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Things that can cause you to aspirate are:

  • Seizures
  • Fatigue
  • Acid reflux
  • Any drop in mental ability
  • Loss of muscle tone or coordination that interferes with how well you chew or swallow
  • Reaction to medication
  • Throat cancer, head and neck injuries, stroke, and nervous system disorders like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis
  • Eating or drinking too fast

SOURCES:

American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders: "Common Questions."

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: "Aspiration in Babies and Children," "Aspiration from Dysphagia."

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities: "What You Need to Know about Choking and Aspiration."

Cleveland Clinic: "Swallowing Disorders."

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services: "Dysphagia and Aspiration."

Missouri Department of Mental Health: "Healthy Living: Observe," "Health Bulletin: Signs of Aspiration & Aspiration Pneumonia."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 21, 2020

SOURCES:

American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders: "Common Questions."

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: "Aspiration in Babies and Children," "Aspiration from Dysphagia."

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities: "What You Need to Know about Choking and Aspiration."

Cleveland Clinic: "Swallowing Disorders."

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services: "Dysphagia and Aspiration."

Missouri Department of Mental Health: "Healthy Living: Observe," "Health Bulletin: Signs of Aspiration & Aspiration Pneumonia."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 21, 2020

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