US President, Barack Obama’s persistent sore throat saw him whisked to a military hospital by motorcade for a CAT scan on Saturday . It was caused by acid reflux, the White House has said.
Obama, 53, reportedly underwent a fiber optic exam by an ear, nose and throat specialist at the Washington residence on Saturday morning after complaining of a sore throat for two weeks.
He was then driven via motorcade to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where a CAT scan was performed. The results came back normal, it is said.
Now, Obama’s physician Dr Ronny Jackson, director of the White House Medical Unit, has revealed that the exams’ combined results show that the president is suffering from acid reflux.
WHAT IS ACID REFLUX?
Acid reflux is caused when the muscle fibers in the lower esophagus do not close properly, causing the contents of the stomach to flow back up the esophagus.
This often leads to severe heartburn and a sore throat. Other symptoms include nausea after eating, coughing and difficulty swallowing.
There are many risk factors for the condition.
Smoking, alcohol and hiatal hernia all increase the risk of developing acid reflux, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
For treatment, sufferers are often told to avoid certain foods and use over-the-counter or prescription medications, like antacids.