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President Barack Obama Visits Walter Reed Hospital for Sore Throat

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the White House would provide updates on the president's condition when they are available.
Image: President Barack Obama Meets With King Abdullah II of Jordan
U.S. President Barack Obama is seen during a meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan in the Oval Office at the White House on Dec. 5, in Washington, D.C. Pool / Getty Images

President Barack Obama visited the hospital Saturday for a sore throat related to acid reflux, the White House said. Obama's physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, said a preliminary exam on Obama's throat showed swelling, and the results of a subsequent CT scan were normal. "The president's symptoms are consistent with soft tissue inflammation related to acid reflux and will be treated accordingly," Jackson said.

The president's trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, was suggested by Jackson, said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. Jackson recommended that the president get the tests done Saturday because he had a gap in his schedule, not because he considered the situation to be urgent, Earnest said. Obama spent about a half-hour inside the medical center.

Obama's periodic medical exam in May showed he was in excellent health. The report by Jackson said he "eats a healthy diet, exercises daily, remains tobacco free, and only drinks alcohol occasionally and in moderation."

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