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Aspiration of solid and liquid materials into the respiratory system is a common cause of significant pulmonary disease. If literally interpreted, aspiration is the mechanism responsible for a wide variety of conditions including pneumococcal pneumonia, silicosis, and drowning. However, in clinical parlance, aspiration pneumonia is usually used to refer to the pulmonary disease occurring after gastric juice or other microscopic material originating in the gastrointestinal tract is inspired into the respiratory system. It is within this limited context that this monograph deals with the problem of aspiration, discussing such topics as pathology and physiology of aspiration of normal and abnormal
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Aspiration Pneumonitis.. Ann Intern Med. 1968;68:1380–1381. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-68-6-1380_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1968;68(6):1380-1381.
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