The president's trip to Walter Reed military hospital included a look via fiber optic camera down his esophagus and a CT scan.
President Barack Obama discovered he was suffering from acid reflux when he went to the doctor Saturday.
The visit was unscheduled; he had been suffering from a sore throat for a couple weeks and decided at the last minute to get it checked out as it was his off day.
According to the president’s physician, Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, the agitation in his throat is “consistent with soft tissue inflammation related to acid reflux.”
Acid reflux is when stomach acid escapes into the esophagus. When this occurs, heartburn, regurgitation, and a sore throat are possible consequences.
The president’s trip to Walter Reed military hospital included a look via fiber optic camera down his esophagus and a CT scan. The CT scan was normal; Obama’s physician said it was conducted because to do so was deemed “prudent;” CNN’s medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta called it “and abundance of caution.”
Gupta told CNN normally a doctor will prescribe medicine to treat the acid reflux and see if it goes away before a CT scan would be conducted.
The statement issued by Jackson was transparent: “The CT scan was conducted this afternoon purely as a matter of convenience for the President’s schedule.”
Obama’s entire hospital experience could have fit into a sitcom episode in amount of time it took, a mere 28 minutes from walking in to exiting.
The statement issued by Jackson explained: “This morning, an ear, nose and throat specialist from Fort Belvoir Medical Center conducted a fiber optic exam, under my supervision, of the President’s throat based on symptoms of sore throat over the past couple weeks.”
White House press secretary Josh Earnest replied to the question of whether the president was still smoking and if that may have affected his throat with an affirmation that the president had quit smoking.