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Here is a quick mnemonic “ALGORITHM FOR FOOD to remember about Dysphagia Management & Treatment.

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, NExT Medical Step 1&2, MBBS, NEET PG, INI-CET, FMGE,MCAT & NCLEX exams

Dysphagia Management & Treatment : How To Remember Easily ?

  • A – Approach the patient’s dysphagia with an algorithm.
  • L – Localize the dysphagia to determine the etiology.
  • G – Gather information about the circumstances of dysphagia.
  • O – Observe for other symptoms associated with dysphagia.
  • R – Recognize the progression of dysphagia.
  • I – Identify the type of food causing dysphagia.
  • T – Take note of the history of heartburn and other relevant factors.
  • H – History of hoarseness can provide important diagnostic clues.
  • M – Medication use may indicate potential causes of dysphagia.
  • F – Perform a thorough physical examination.
  • O – Oral and pharyngeal dysphagia may require a fluoroscopic swallow study.
  • R – Rule out esophageal dysphagia using upper endoscopy.
  • F – Fluoroscopy and barium radiography can be useful in evaluating esophageal strictures.
  • O – Obtain mucosal biopsies to identify abnormalities and causes.
  • O – Order additional diagnostic procedures if needed, such as CT examination or endoscopic ultrasonography.
  • D – Determine the appropriate treatment based on the location and etiology of dysphagia.


Dr. Arin Nandi

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