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Dietitian Q/A

Because of the contents of some questions and the large number we receive, the MUSC Dietitians only answer selected questions. Although we discourage questions regarding personal health problems, scheduling an appointment with the outpatient dietitian to address these concerns is encouraged. Appointments can be made after a physician referral is received.

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 Question:  My mother choked on a grilled cheese sandwich and green beans on a Nursing Home here in Connecticut. She went into cardiac arrest and passed away the next day from this choking episode. I don't think grilled cheese and green beans are part of a mechanical soft diet, is it??? Thank You !


I am sorry for your recent loss. Mechanical soft diets are assigned to patients with swallowing and chewing difficulties. Speech Therapist are the experts in choosing the best diet textures for someone with these difficulties.  Protocols for diet consistencies may vary. It would be best to check with the nursing home policies for their diet consistency standards.

Answered: 03/17/2011

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