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Difficulty eating

Also known as Trouble Eating

Difficulty eating is encountered rarely on Symcat. We will add more content to this page if enough people like you show interest.

What causes it?

The most common causes of difficulty eating are common cold, eating disorder, and tooth disorder. Other possible causes, such as dental caries, are more rare.

What symptoms are related?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with difficulty eating, 49% report having vomiting, 45% report having difficulty in swallowing, and 41% report having depression.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with difficulty eating often receive intravenous fluid replacement, occupational therapy assessment, psychotherapy, blood culture, nonoperative removal of foreign body and incision and drainage .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with difficulty eating include baclofen, sterile water, desloratadine / pseudoephedrine, measles/mumps/rubella/varicella virus vaccine, immunoglobulins, intravenous (gammagard), sodium hypochlorite topical, phenol topical, glycopyrrolate, primidone, cyclosporine, captopril, modafinil (provigil) and dexmethylphenidate (focalin) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for difficulty eating include age 1-4 years.

Age

< 1 years
0.7x
1-4 years
5.0x
5-14 years
0.6x
15-29 years
1.1x
30-44 years
0.5x
45-59 years
0.7x
60-74 years
0.5x
75+ years
1.0x

Sex

Male
1.1x
Female
0.9x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.4x
Hispanic
0.9x
White
0.9x
Other
1.2x
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