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Forum Name: Miscellaneous Chest Diseases

Question: Inhaled bread?

 krisbb - Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:29 pm

When I was eating lunch today, I took a deep breath while a small piece of bread was in my mouth. I'm not sure if I inhaled it or swallowed it. I did not cough or choke at all. What happens if something like this does go into the lungs? It's two hours later and I feel a little bit of burning in my upper stomach area but otherwise fine. So I may be worrying for nothing but wanted to check. Thanks!
 Theresa Jones, RN - Tue Feb 13, 2007 5:38 am

User avatar Hi krisbb,
Had you inhaled a food substance it would have caused an extreme coughing episode. Aside from the aforementioned, when food inadvertently enters the lung the result is often an aspiration pneumonia. Since you did not have a "coughing" episode it would be very unlikely that the bread entered anywhere aside from the stomach. Best wishes.
Theresa Jones, RN

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