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Phagophobia Successfully Treated With Low-Dose Aripiprazole in an Adolescent: A Case Report

Çolak Sivri, Rukiye, MD*; Hizarcioğlu Gülşen, Hayriye, MD; Yilmaz, Arzu, MD

doi: 10.1097/WNF.0000000000000288
Case Reports

Phagophobia is a condition characterized by an avoidance of swallowing foods and an intense fear of choking while eating solid foods in the absence of physiological and anatomical abnormalities. Phagophobia is mentioned in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition and International Classification of Diseases, 11th Edition in the new diagnostic category of avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder. The literature concerning phagophobia is sparse, and there is no specific treatment modality for this life-threatening condition. We describe a case of phagophobia in a 15-year-old girl who was treated successfully with low-dose aripiprazole as an augmentation therapy after she witnessed her father choking while eating chicken. To our knowledge, this is the first report showing that phagophobia was successfully treated with aripiprazole.

Departments of *Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,

Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and

Pediatric Neurology, University of Health Sciences, Ankara Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Rukiye Çolak Sivri, MD, Sağlik Bakanliği Ankara Eğitim ve Araştirma Hastanesi Sakarya Mh. Ulucanlar Cd. No: 89 Altindağ, Ankara, Turkey 06230; E-mail:

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

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