Anaerobic pneumonia, aspiration of vomitus, or pyogenic pneumonia|
- Symptoms usually occur within 2 hours.
- Fever, chills
- Cough with foul-smelling, greenish, or pus-containing phlegm
- Weight loss, lack of energy
- Shortness of breath
- Bluish discoloration of the skin
- Rapid pulse, rapid breathing
- Bad breath
- Coughing up blood
- Chest pain
- Aspiration Pneumonia is caused by inhaling foreign material, such as food, drink, vomit, secretions from the mouth, or baby powder.
- Previously healthy patients are infected with anaerobic bacteria, while ill hospitalized patients may be infected with Gram-negative bacteria such as Pseudomonas, Escherichia coli, or Klebsiella.
- Wheezing, rales, high-pitched breathing sounds audible on stethoscope
- Chest X-ray may show alveolar and reticular infiltration.
- Bronchoalveolar lavage
- Barium swallow roentgenography demonstrates aspiration from gastroesophageal reflux
- Radionuclide milk scanning
- CBC, arterial blood gas, blood culture, sputum culture, lung needle biopsy with culture
- Obstructive lesion such as esophageal atresia, duodenal obstruction
- Impaired swallowing mechanism as the result of being unconscious, weak, debilitated, or decreased muscle tone
- Suctioning of the airway
- Administering oxygen
- A respirator may be used in critically ill patients.
- Steroids for some cases
- Chest physiotherapy after endoscopy
- If your child has shortness of breath, wheezing, chills, fever, or fainting spells occur, your child needs emergency treatment.
- Do not force-feed a child who has an overdistended stomach.
- Place an infant right-side-down after feeding.