Aspiration Pneumonia Vs Aspiration Pneumonitis

The term aspiration pneumonia has been used to define two different clinical conditions: aspiration of gastric contents into the lung (chemical injury with a subsequent inflammatory response), also referred to as aspiration pneumonitis, and aspiration of oropharyngeal content into the lung with resultant bacterial infection. Aspiration pneumonitis is not infectious in its initial stage, and many episodes of aspiration pneumonitis may resolve with supportive care, without antibiotherapy. It is frequently associated with naso-gastric tube feeding; in fact, tube feeding has been shown to be an independent predictor of gastric content aspiration (Marik, 2001). It is associated, however, with a high risk of secondary bacterial infection after more than 24 hours (Mylotte et al., 2003).

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