Is it possible when having the esophagus dilated, that the tube placed down the esophagus could actually push up against the rib cage, making the surgeon feel as though there is an obstruction in the esophagus?
My father is 78 years old, is having a choking feeling in the esophagus. A cat scan was done, saying everything was normal. But he continued the choking feeling, therefore his doctor decided to go ahead and dilate the esophagus. While doing this the doctor was unable to go through the tube because of what he thinks is a mass at the base of the esophagus before going into the stomach. His tube would not go through. At t his time he ordered another cat scan, saying the first one did not show the entire esophagus. Dad, watched the cat scan, as well as the nurses did also and they all seen the liquid flowing through the esophagus going into the stomach.
I am wondering if it is possible that when the doctor put the tube down his esophagus, could he have possibly felt his front rib cage? Dad had lung surgery many years ago, and where the doctors put the ribs back together there is a big hard knot right about where the bottom of the esophagus would be? Do you think that this possibly could be what the doctor felt, that was to hard for the tube to go through? Dad eats his food fine, it goes down his throat and he has bowel movements. If the esophagus has a mass where a tiny tube cannot enter, how in the world could his food go through? His only problem is he feels like he is choking sometimes. If he belches, then he is better and he then knows that he is not going to choke.