Phagophobia (from phago, Greek for swallow) is a fear of swallowing. It is expressed in various swallowing complaints without any apparent physical reason detectable by physical inspection and laboratory analyses. It is related to pnigophobia (fear of choking). Phagophobia may lead to esthiophobia (fear of eating), and the subsequent malnutrition and weight loss. A milder sufferer would eat only soft and liquid foods.