Functional dysphagia is a food phobia or fear of swallowing, often referred to as "choking phobia." Primarily seen in pre- or early pubertal children with rapid onset, it may extend to refusal to swallow anything, even the patient’s own saliva. Treatment can entail medical interventions, use of psychotropic and anxiolytic medications, cognitive restructuring techniques and behavioral interventions as well as guided exposure treatment. More information.
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