T05 Feeding problem of adult (ICD-10:R63.3)

March 9, 2024

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Feeding problems in adults can significantly impact their overall health and quality of life[1]. These problems can arise from various causes, including physical, psychological, or social factors[2]. The aim of this guide is to provide healthcare professionals with a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and managing feeding problems in adults.


  • ICPC-2 Code: T05 Feeding problem of adult[3]
  • ICD-10 Code: R63.3 Feeding difficulties and mismanagement[4]


  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia): This can include pain or discomfort while swallowing, the sensation of food getting stuck in the throat, or coughing or choking during meals[5].
  • Reduced appetite or aversion to certain foods: Adults with feeding problems may experience a loss of appetite or have a strong dislike for certain foods[6].
  • Weight loss or malnutrition: Feeding problems can lead to unintentional weight loss or malnutrition due to inadequate intake of nutrients[7].


  • Physical causes:
    • Gastrointestinal disorders: Conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), esophageal strictures, or motility disorders can contribute to feeding problems[8].
    • Neurological disorders: Stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or other conditions that affect the nerves and muscles involved in swallowing can lead to dysphagia[9].
    • Structural abnormalities: Tumors, strictures, or other abnormalities in the throat or esophagus can cause difficulty swallowing[10].
  • Psychological causes:
    • Anxiety or depression: Mental health conditions can affect appetite and lead to aversions or difficulties with eating.
    • Eating disorders: Conditions such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia can cause feeding problems in adults.
  • Social causes:
    • Social isolation: Lack of social interaction during meals can contribute to feeding problems.
    • Cultural or religious factors: Dietary restrictions or preferences based on cultural or religious beliefs can impact feeding habits.

Diagnostic Steps

Medical History

  • Gather information about the patient’s feeding habits, including any changes in appetite, food aversions, or difficulties with swallowing.
  • Inquire about the duration and progression of symptoms.
  • Assess the patient’s medical history, including any underlying conditions or medications that may contribute to feeding problems.
  • Evaluate the patient’s psychological well-being and inquire about any history of mental health conditions or eating disorders.

Physical Examination

  • Perform a thorough examination of the oral cavity, throat, and neck to assess for any structural abnormalities or signs of inflammation.
  • Check for signs of malnutrition, such as muscle wasting or dry skin.
  • Assess the patient’s overall neurological function, including muscle strength and coordination.

Laboratory Tests

  • Complete blood count (CBC): To assess for signs of anemia or nutritional deficiencies.
  • Electrolyte panel: To evaluate the patient’s fluid and electrolyte balance.
  • Thyroid function tests: To rule out any underlying thyroid disorders that may contribute to feeding problems.
  • Liver function tests: To assess liver health, as liver disease can impact appetite and digestion.
  • Nutritional assessment: This may include measuring serum albumin, prealbumin, or other markers of nutritional status.

Diagnostic Imaging

  • Barium swallow study: This imaging test involves swallowing a liquid containing barium, which allows for visualization of the esophagus and swallowing process.
  • Endoscopy: A flexible tube with a camera is inserted through the mouth to visualize the throat, esophagus, and stomach.
  • Esophageal manometry: This test measures the pressure and coordination of the muscles in the esophagus during swallowing.

Other Tests

  • Psychological evaluation: If psychological factors are suspected to contribute to feeding problems, a referral to a mental health professional may be necessary.
  • Speech and language assessment: In cases of dysphagia, a speech-language pathologist can evaluate swallowing function and provide recommendations for therapy.

Follow-up and Patient Education

  • Schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor the patient’s progress and adjust treatment as needed.
  • Provide education on dietary modifications, swallowing exercises, or other interventions recommended for the specific feeding problem.
  • Offer support and resources for managing any underlying psychological or social factors contributing to the feeding problem.

Possible Interventions

Traditional Interventions


Top 5 drugs for Feeding Problem of Adult:

  1. Prokinetic agents (e.g., Metoclopramide, Domperidone):
    • Cost: Generic versions can be $10-$50/month.
    • Contraindications: History of gastrointestinal bleeding, Parkinson’s disease.
    • Side effects: Drowsiness, restlessness, gastrointestinal disturbances.
    • Severe side effects: Tardive dyskinesia, neuroleptic malignant syndrome.
    • Drug interactions: Antipsychotics, certain antidepressants.
    • Warning: Long-term use may increase the risk of side effects.
  2. Proton pump inhibitors (e.g., Omeprazole, Pantoprazole):
    • Cost: Generic versions can be $10-$50/month.
    • Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to proton pump inhibitors.
    • Side effects: Headache, diarrhea, abdominal pain.
    • Severe side effects: Increased risk of fractures, Clostridium difficile infection.
    • Drug interactions: Clopidogrel, certain antifungal medications.
    • Warning: Long-term use may increase the risk of certain nutrient deficiencies.
  3. Antidepressants (e.g., Sertraline, Escitalopram):
    • Cost: Generic versions can be $10-$50/month.
    • Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to antidepressants, recent myocardial infarction.
    • Side effects: Nausea, dizziness, sexual dysfunction.
    • Severe side effects: Suicidal thoughts, serotonin syndrome.
    • Drug interactions: Monoamine oxidase inhibitors, certain pain medications.
    • Warning: Close monitoring for worsening depression or suicidal thoughts.
  4. Anxiolytics (e.g., Lorazepam, Alprazolam):
    • Cost: Generic versions can be $10-$50/month.
    • Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to benzodiazepines, severe respiratory insufficiency.
    • Side effects: Sedation, dizziness, confusion.
    • Severe side effects: Respiratory depression, dependence.
    • Drug interactions: Opioids, certain antifungal medications.
    • Warning: Risk of dependence and withdrawal symptoms with long-term use.
  5. Appetite stimulants (e.g., Megestrol, Dronabinol):
    • Cost: Generic versions can be $10-$50/month.
    • Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to appetite stimulants, history of thromboembolic disorders.
    • Side effects: Weight gain, fluid retention, increased appetite.
    • Severe side effects: Hyperglycemia, adrenal suppression.
    • Drug interactions: Warfarin, certain antifungal medications.
    • Warning: Monitor for signs of hyperglycemia and adrenal suppression.

Alternative Drugs:

  • Digestive enzymes (e.g., Pancrelipase): May be used in cases of malabsorption or pancreatic insufficiency.
  • Antiemetics (e.g., Ondansetron, Promethazine): Can help alleviate nausea and vomiting.
  • Appetite suppressants (e.g., Phentermine, Diethylpropion): May be used in cases of excessive appetite or binge eating disorder.
  • Antipsychotics (e.g., Quetiapine, Olanzapine): Can be considered in cases where feeding problems are associated with psychotic symptoms.
  • Antihistamines (e.g., Diphenhydramine, Cetirizine): May help alleviate allergic reactions or food aversions.

Surgical Procedures:

  • Gastrostomy tube placement: In severe cases of dysphagia or malnutrition, a feeding tube can be surgically placed directly into the stomach. Cost: $5,000 to $15,000.
  • Esophageal dilation: In cases of esophageal strictures, a procedure can be performed to stretch or widen the narrowed area. Cost: $5,000 to $10,000.

Alternative Interventions

  • Acupuncture: May help improve appetite and digestion. Cost: $60-$120 per session.
  • Hypnotherapy: Can be used to address psychological factors contributing to feeding problems. Cost: $100-$200 per session.
  • Herbal supplements: Certain herbs, such as ginger or chamomile, may have digestive benefits. Cost: Varies depending on the specific supplement.
  • Nutritional counseling: Working with a registered dietitian can help address dietary deficiencies and develop a personalized meal plan. Cost: $100-$200 per session.
  • Behavioral therapy: Can be beneficial for addressing eating disorders or psychological factors contributing to feeding problems. Cost: $100-$200 per session.

Lifestyle Interventions

  • Meal planning and preparation: Providing guidance on nutritious meal options and cooking techniques can help improve feeding habits. Cost: Varies depending on the individual’s needs and preferences.
  • Social support: Encouraging the patient to eat meals with others or join support groups can help alleviate social isolation. Cost: Varies depending on the specific support group or activity.
  • Stress management: Teaching stress-reduction techniques, such as mindfulness or relaxation exercises, can help improve appetite and digestion. Cost: Varies depending on the specific technique or program.
  • Physical therapy: In cases where feeding problems are related to muscle weakness or coordination, physical therapy can help improve swallowing function. Cost: $100-$200 per session.
  • Speech therapy: A speech-language pathologist can provide exercises and techniques to improve swallowing function. Cost: $100-$200 per session.

It is important to note that the cost ranges provided are approximate and may vary depending on the location and availability of the interventions.

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Evening: 15 minutes
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Morning: 30 minutes,
Lunch: 30 minutes,
Evening: 30 minutes
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