A 49-year-old man with a history of athetoid cerebral palsy, cervical spondylosis, and swallowing dysfunction underwent an anterior decompressive cordectomy and spinal fusion of C4 through C6. Approximately 1 month following surgery, the patient experienced acute shortness of breath and ventilation-perfusion lung imaging was performed to rule out pulmonary embolus. The Tc-99m DTPA aerosol ventilation scan demonstrated tracheobronchial aspiration and correlated well with the patient's subsequent development of aspiration pneumonia and the adult respiratory distress syndrome.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging