Purpose of review: Recent data in both adults and children have suggested that the incidence and severity of the pulmonary aspiration of gastric contents has declined. Previous studies have indicated that aspiration is more common in children than in adults. This review will examine the available data to compare the incidence and severity of aspiration in adults and chirdren. Recent findings: There are several studies, some of which have been published recently, that have provided an epidemiologic perspective on the problem of aspiration. Summary: Based on the available data, aspiration appears to be slightly more common in children than in adults. The difference, however, is less than that previously reported. Morbidity associated with aspiration is rare in all age groups. This is especially true for children.
- Pulmonary aspiration
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine