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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 52-54

A case report on the management of phagophobia

1 Phoniatrics Unit, Department of Speech and Audiology, Ministry of Health, Kuwait City, Kuwait
2 Department of Audiology, National Hearing Care, Australia

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Tina Merin Job
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jisha.JISHA_42_17

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Phagophobia is the fear of swallowing. It often causes dysphagia without an organic cause. The incidence of phagophobia is sparse in literature. The client is a 29-year-old female who presented with dysphagia. Following the change in her lifestyle and increased stress levels, she developed faulty eating habits and soon presented with inability to swallow food and fear of food getting stuck in her throat. This case study aims to highlight some of the management strategies that were most effective in the treatment of our client's phagophobia. Special emphasis is given to the role of visual feedback using fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallow in the treatment of phagophobia in addition to educating the client about the physiology of swallowing and use of other cognitive behavioral techniques.

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