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    What other illnesses put someone at risk for pneumonia?

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    Nikki Martin

    Speech Pathologist

    I have over 13 years experience in adult Speech Pathology and specialise in voice and swallowing problems/cancers of the face and throat. I work very … View Profile

    It depends on what type of pneumonia. There are pneumonias that are caused by catching viruses or bacterial infections. You can also get something called aspiration pneumonia. That is when someone has a swallowing problem and either food, drinks, saliva (or all of them) go down the wrong way into the lungs. People at risk of aspiration pneumonia may have had a stroke, have breathing issues, have had surgery to their neck or face/had radiation to that area, have dementia, Parkinson's Disease and so on. 

    Nikki Martin
    Speech Pathologist

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