Which complications are associated with aspiration pneumonia?

Updated: Aug 15, 2018
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Complications of aspiration include acute respiratory failure, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), [17] and bacterial pneumonia. Complications of bacterial pneumonia include parapneumonic effusion, empyema, lung abscess, and suprainfection. Bronchopleural fistula is also a complication.

Aspiration pneumonitis can rapidly progress to respiratory failure.


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