Most people will experience some acid reflux symptoms at some point in their lives. People at risk for persistent acid reflux issues include women who are pregnant, people who are overweight or obese, people with unhealthy eating patterns (eat high-fat foods and large meals often), people with respiratory diseases including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. About half of American adults have acid reflux symptoms monthly.
I have been asked many times by parents to define aspiration in reference to GERD and how to prevent it. Aspiration occurs in 10-20% of patients with GERD and is the inhalation of stomach contents into the respiratory symptoms. The lumen of the right main broncus of the lung is most likely to be where aspirated contents wind up because it is…