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can food get stuck in your lung and what happens to the ...

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can food get stuck in your lung and what happens to the food if it does?
The normal cough reflex protects any entry of food in the respiratory tract. If the cough reflex is impaired due to some reason like stroke,unconsciousness, alcohol influence , brain tumor, multiple sclerosis ets, then food can get aspirated in lungs. This food can absorb water & swell in size & cause infection, bronchitis, neumonia, lung abscess, collapse of a portion of the lung.
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