President Barack Obama was sent to the hospital on Saturday due to an unknown illness. His symptoms included soreness in his throat, swelling, and heartburn. A battery of medical tests were conducted on the President to rule out many ailments before the official cause of his illness was determined.
In an attempt to ensure President Obama received a complete diagnosis, doctors tool the utmost care in examining the President. The physicians at Walter Reed Military Hospital conducted a fiber optic exam of his throat, according to the New York Post. After swelling and redness was found, a CT scan was ordered for further investigation. President Obama’s doctor, Captain Ronny Jackson, was relieved to report the ailment is simply a case of acid reflux.
“The president’s symptoms are consistent with soft tissue inflammation related to acid reflux and will be treated accordingly.”
He went on to explain the reason for a CT scan, despite the diagnosis of acid reflux.
“The CT scan was conducted this afternoon purely as a matter of convenience for the President’s schedule. The CT scan was normal.”
According to Reuters, President Obama has been suffering from the sore throat for the last couple of weeks, resulting in an order from Dr. Jackson to visit Walter Reed for a diagnosis. Dr. Jackson did not reveal the cause for President Obama’s acid reflux, however there are many factors that could logically contribute to the condition. One factor could be a result of smoking. Although, other factors can include the use of alcohol or a hiatal hernia. As a result of the findings, President Obama may be required to take medication to control the symptoms, if lifestyle changes do not help.
According to Doctor Jackson, President Obama’s annual physical in June resulted in a clean bill of health. The report contributed his healthy accomplishment to daily exercise, a tobacco free lifestyle, and daily exercise to his overall well being. The President’s chaotic lifestyle may be a factor in the newly developed acid reflux, despite his overall healthy lifestyle.
Some are left to wonder why the President was sent to the hospital for a CT scan when a simple anesthetic spray could have been used to relieve the symptoms. Dr. Jackson explained the initial findings were more worrisome than they should have been.
“They brought in an ears, nose and throat doctor into the White House and placed a scope down the mouth and looking at the back of throat to see what was causing his discomfort. Typically, you just do that by sort of putting an anesthetic spray in the back of the throat, sometimes a sedation as well…. Based on what they found there, they were concerned enough to go ahead and get a CT scan.”
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