Pharyngeal aspiration in normal adults and patients with depressed consciousness.

  title={Pharyngeal aspiration in normal adults and patients with depressed consciousness.},
  author={E J Huxley and J Viroslav and W R Gray and Andrew J. Pierce},
  journal={The American journal of medicine},
  volume={64 4},
A sensitive technic using indium111 chloride was devised to investigate the occurrence of pharyngeal aspiration. Twenty normal subjects and 10 patients with depressed consciousness were studied. Forty-five per cent of the normal subjects aspirated during deep sleep. Normal subjects who did not aspirate were noted to sleep poorly. Seventy per cent of the patients with depressed consciousness aspirated. Aspiration of pharyngeal secretions occurs frequently in patients with depressed sensorium and… CONTINUE READING


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