Aspiration pneumonia

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What is aspiration pneumonia?

Aspiration pneumonia is inflammation of the lungs and airways to the lungs (bronchial tubes) from breathing in foreign material. It commonly occurs in patients with altered mental status who have an impaired gag or swallowing reflex. Treatment is directed to the infectious agent or underlying cause.

Common symptoms reported by people with aspiration pneumonia

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with aspiration pneumonia

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Mobility scooter)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Amoxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
aspiration pneumonia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Benadryl)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(MIC-KEY G-tube)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
1
Tried for
aspiration pneumonia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(FeraMAX)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Levaquin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
aspiration pneumonia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)

Data from patients with aspiration pneumonia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with aspiration pneumonia

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Mobility scooter)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Amoxil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
aspiration pneumonia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Benadryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(MIC-KEY G-tube)
Perceived effectiveness
for aspiration pneumonia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
gagging (throat spasm) Hospitalization
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
aspiration pneumonia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(FeraMAX)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Levaquin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
aspiration pneumonia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with aspiration pneumonia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has aspiration pneumonia on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 2
30s 2
40s 12
50s 24
60s 24
70+ 14
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2
20-29 years 1
30-39 years 5
40-49 years 2
50-59 years 5
60-69 years 5
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 30
Female 48

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 29
Not Diagnosed 1

These charts show data from aspiration pneumonia patients who have completed their condition history
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