Obama diagnosed with acid reflux

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Washington, Dec 7: President Obama today underwent a CT scan and a fiber optic exam after complaining of a sore throat, and was found to have symptoms indicating acid reflux. Obama, 53, went to Walter Reed military hospital after complaining of a persistent sore throat.

"This morning, an ear, nose and throat specialist conducted a fiber optic exam of the President’s throat based on symptoms of sore throat over the past couple weeks," said Dr Ronny L Jackson, physician to the President and Director of the White House Medical Unit.

Barack Obama

"The exam revealed soft tissue swelling in the posterior throat and I, in consultation with the specialist, determined that further evaluation with a routine CT scan was prudent," he said, adding that the CT scan was conducted this afternoon purely as a matter of convenience for the President’s schedule.

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.

Obama, who gave up smoking before entering the White House, has had very few medical problems during his nearly six years in office.


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