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Can food get into your lungs?

Topics: HealthAnatomyRespiratory System, Lungs, Food & Drink, Science


Yes, having food, drink, or saliva from your mouth go into your lungs can cause aspiration pneumonia. When these things go into the lungs, it can damage the lungs, or cause a blockage. This damage or blockage may cause swelling and fluid in the lungs. It can also cause an infection in the lungs, Aspiration pneumonia can be serious, even life threatening.

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Can food get into your lungs?

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