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What is aspiration?

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Aspiration is the medical term for when something you eat or drink "goes down the wrong pipe" and enters your airway or lungs. It can also happen when something re-enters your throat from your stomach. Unlike choking, when you aspirate, the substance doesn't completely block your airway.

From: What Is Aspiration? WebMD Medical Reference

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 July 11, 2019

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 July 11, 2019

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