BETHESDA, Md. – Acid reflux is responsible for the sore throat President Barack Obama has complained about for the past couple of weeks, the White House said Saturday, shortly after the president returned from undergoing diagnostic tests at a nearby military hospital.
Obama’s motorcade made the roughly half-hour crawl to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where a CT scan was performed and was normal. Obama, 53, was at the facility for about a half hour before returning to the White House.
The CT scan followed a fiber optic exam performed on Obama at the White House by an ear, nose and throat specialist from Fort Belvoir Medical Center in Northern Virginia and supervised by Dr. Ronny Jackson, Obama’s physician and director of the White House Medical Unit.
The CT scan was normal.
“The president’s symptoms are consistent with soft tissue inflammation related to acid reflux and will be treated accordingly,” Jackson said.
Acid reflux is caused when the contents of the stomach flow back up the esophagus, causing heartburn and other symptoms. Treatments include avoiding certain foods and using over-the-counter or prescription medications, including antacids.
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