Dr. Darryl J. Adamko, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

Children, especially young children, present with recurrent cough, bronchitis and pneumonitis. It is surprising how often this common problem is associated with pulmonary aspiration. While children with neurologic difficulty are expected to have pulmonary aspiration, there are many reasons why it also occurs in neurologically normal children. This lecture will update our understanding of the problem including new insights into pathophysiology, diagnosis and management.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the causes of pulmonary aspiration and appreciate how common a problem it is;
  • Understand the difficulties in diagnosis; and
  • Understand management options and long-term outcomes depending on the clinical situation.