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Acid Reflux Suspected of Causing Obama's Sore Throat

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 President Barack Obama underwent medical tests at a military hospital just outside Washington after complaining of a sore throat.

President Barack Obama underwent medical tests at a military hospital just outside Washington after complaining of a sore throat.

The physician for President Barack Obama says acid reflux is likely to blame for a sore throat the president is suffering.

Dr. Ronny Jackson, director of the White House medical unit, said a specialist examined Obama on Saturday morning, after the president had complained of a sore throat for the past couple of weeks.

Jackson said in a statement that the specialist found soft tissue swelling in Obama's throat, and that the president was later given a CT scan, which came back normal.

The doctor said the president's symptoms were "consistent with soft tissue inflammation related to acid reflux and will be treated accordingly."

Both Jackson and White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the CT scan, done at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, was done "as a matter of convenience" given the president's schedule, not as a matter of urgency.

Acid reflux is a condition in which the stomach contents flow back up into the esophagus, causing symptoms such as a sore throat or heartburn.

Obama, 53, had his annual physical earlier this year and was given a clean bill of health.

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