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  • Aspiration occurs when foreign material, of either oropharyngeal or gastric contents, is inhaled into the lungs.
  • Aspiration can cause a number of respiratory problems depending on the quantity and nature of the inhaled material. Aspiration of gastric contents causes pulmonary edema and often pneumonia.
  • The risk of aspiration is increased by conditions associated with altered or reduced consciousness, esophageal conditions like dysphasia, certain neurological disorders, and mechanical conditions like NG tube placement, endotracheal intubation, etc.