Pediatric Aspiration

  • Etiology: lack of oropharyngeal coordination, massive gastroesophageal reflux
  • Imaging: contrast material within the trachea
  • Complications: aspiration pneumonia

Radiology Cases of Aspiration

Upper GI of tracheal aspiration
Lateral image from an upper GI shows barium in the trachea anteriorly as well as in the pharynx and esophagus posteriorly.
Upper GI of aspiration due to gastroesophageal reflux
Upper GI exam shows a markedly distended stomach with marked gastroesophageal reflux rising to the level of the oropharynx and entering into the trachea clearly outlining the trachea to the right of the esophagus on the AP image (left) and anterior to the esophagus on the lateral image (right).