How is a diagnosis of aspiration made in bacterial pneumonia?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Because the episode of aspiration is usually not witnessed, the diagnosis is inferred when a patient at risk of aspiration develops evidence of a radiographic infiltrate in characteristic anatomic pulmonary locations or bronchopulmonary segments.


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