Dysphagia and Aspiration in the Pediatric Patient It is bad for drinking to provoke a slight cough or for swallowing to be forced. This was the sentiment expressed by Hippocrates in 400 B.C. in describing the hazards of aspiration (Chadwick & Mann, 1950). Aspiration, the presence of foreign material in the lower respiratory tract, continues to ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2001
Dysphagia and Aspiration in the Pediatric Patient
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  • James D. Tutor
    Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pulmonology, University of Tennessee, Memphis
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Article   |   June 01, 2001
Dysphagia and Aspiration in the Pediatric Patient
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2001, Vol. 10, 6-9. doi:10.1044/sasd10.2.6
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2001, Vol. 10, 6-9. doi:10.1044/sasd10.2.6
It is bad for drinking to provoke a slight cough or for swallowing to be forced. This was the sentiment expressed by Hippocrates in 400 B.C. in describing the hazards of aspiration (Chadwick & Mann, 1950). Aspiration, the presence of foreign material in the lower respiratory tract, continues to be a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in the new millennium. The diagnosis and treatment of chronic aspiration remain a challenge in pediatric and adult medicine. In this article, we will first describe the act of swallowing and the protective mechanisms that prevent aspiration. We will then describe the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of aspiration in children.
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