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Aspiration pneumonia

  • Alternative Names

    Anaerobic pneumonia; Aspiration of vomitus; Necrotizing pneumonia; Aspiration pneumonitis

    • Bluish discoloration of the skin caused by lack of oxygen
    • Chest pain
    • Cough
      • With foul-smelling phlegm (sputum)
      • With sputum containing pus or blood
      • With greenish sputum
    • Fatigue
    • Fever
    • Shortness of breath
    • Wheezing

    Other symptoms that can occur with this disease:

    • Breath odor
    • Excessive sweating
    • Swallowing difficulty

    Signs and tests

    A physical examination may reveal:

    • Crackling sounds in the lungs
    • Decreased oxygen
    • Rapid pulse (heart rate)

    The following tests may also help diagnose this condition:

    • Arterial blood gas
    • Blood culture
    • Bronchoscopy
    • Chest x-ray
    • Complete blood count (CBC)
    • CT scan of the chest
    • Sputum culture
    • Swallowing studies