IS Case 418: Severe aspiration
Imaging Sciences URMC 2010
Publication Date: 2010-08-27
Patient is an 8-month-old male with history of hypotonia and recurrent pneumonias. Currently being worked up for a metabolic disorder. Evaluation for aspiration using a salivagram.
Frequently hospitalizations for lung and upper respiratory disease due to aspiration is commonly seen in children. Aspiration can be caused by gastroesophageal reflux or during swallowing due to neurologic disorders, structural lesions, or connective tissue diseases. Salivagrams have a high specificity for detecting aspiration of oral secretions, but also have a high rate of false negative results. .
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