Common "Aspiration" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


There are two meanings of aspiration; one is where foreign objects such as food are sucked into the airway and the second is a medical procedure where substances such as blood, fluid, or fragments of bone are removed from the body. When during biopsy a sample of tissue is removed from the body, its also called the aspiration procedure.

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Why is there aspiration of feeds in baby and what can be done?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby has undergone hospitalization many times since birth. She has been placed with tracheostomy and gastrostomy tube due to which mobility of the baby is not possible. We are consulting with renowned ENT surgeons and pediatric doctors and we had been told that ''the aspiration can b...  Read Full »

Dr. E. Venkata Ramana

Answer: Hi,Welcome to aspiration of feeds is due to the presence of bulbar palsy and palate pharyngeal muscle incoordination. As per the doctor's advise, try to improve the nutrition of the child and weight.Once the child gains a proper weight, then decannulation (removing tracheostomy tube)...  Read Full »

What happens if you aspirate a small piece of cinnamon?

Query: Hello doctor, I accidentally breathed in cinnamon. I put it in water, and when I went to drink, I inhaled some through my mouth. Will I be fine? I coughed only a little bit, and I do not have any breathing issues now. But I worry about it getting to my lungs. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. Do not worry, and it will not cause any severe side effects to the lungs. Because it does not contain any harmful substance or chemical, lung injuries or any other reaction is impossible. For prevention, I sug...  Read Full »

What happens if water enters the wind pipe?

Query: Hello doctor, Yesterday, I got "water in the wrong hole," coughed a bit, and felt fine again. Later at night, I had brief chest pain. Today morning after going to the toilet, I coughed up some yellow-colored mucus. I do not have a fever, my pulse is around 55 to 60 (lower than usual), and my SpO2 i...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concerns. I do not think chest pain is anything related to this episode. Coughing after something gets into the trachea (air pipe) is a protective mechanism to protect the lungs. Even if it is connected, the reason could be muscle straining due...  Read Full »

I think my food has gone down my windpipe, but I did not cough. Why is it?

Query: Hi doctor, Today I was eating lunch and felt something weird. I was chewing food and took a bigger bite than I thought. To break it down, I was chewing and had food on the left side of my mouth as well as the right side of my mouth. I tried swallowing some food in the middle to open more room in my ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugandh Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. It is unlikely for food to enter the windpipe without causing irritation or triggering a reflex. Please follow a semi-solid diet modification. Get physically examined and investigated to rule out any medical problems and treat them accordi...  Read Full »

I am scared that the swallowed supplement entered my lungs. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I swallowed 600 mg of NAC supplements three hours ago. It went down the wrong pipe, and I could not cough it back up. I had choking, which was scary, and my mother made me sit down and calm down and take sips of water. I did this, then tried burping and choking it up, and a tiny piece came...  Read Full »

Dr. Fazil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. According to your symptom, the supplement you took has entered the trachea causing severe discomfort. Usually, supplements in tablet form should disintegrate when it comes in contact with fluid unless it's a capsule which might take a little mor...  Read Full »

Is revision surgery required to correct swelling that occurred after hydrocelectomy?

Query: Hi doctor, Thirty days ago, I had a double hydrocelectomy. After surgery, there was a lot of swelling, which was slow to do down, and then suddenly, three weeks out, it quickly went up. Following an ultrasound, my scrotum was aspirated, draining off 1.09 pints of fluid. Two days later, it is once ag...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hi,Welcome to Swelling and fluid indicate fluid leaking from the tummy down through the inguinal canal to the scrotum. Hydrocele can be non-communicating, which can be treated by classical hydrocelectomy, but the communicating type should have ligation of the patent vaginalis at the ing...  Read Full »

My 76-year-old mother has been experiencing pain in her thyroid gland due to goiter. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 76 years old and has been suffering from pain in her thyroid gland due to goiter for the last three days. The FNAC is benign and not malignant. The blood test and thyroid function tests are normal. Kindly help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query; it is certainly a benign nodule, according to the attachment (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). If it is causing her pain, it can be removed surgically, or the cyst can be aspirated or ablated. However, considering her age, you...  Read Full »

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