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Choking

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 13, 2006
  • 03:04 AM

My father is 78 years old, basically very healthy. A few months ago he began having some problems "choking" while eating. Sometimes he chokes even if he is drinking. 3 weeks ago he had a cat scan ran. It showed negative. He was able to watch the scan, and the flow of the liquid going through the esophagus into the stomach. He was given a clean bill of health and sent home. He continued to have the choking pain, and his primary doctor set him up to have the esophagus dilated anyway. As the surgeon began the procedure, he could not get his tube to go through the esophagus. He told him there was a mass, and he had to have another cat scan. This was done yesterday, we are now awaiting for Monday to arrive to get the results. My father is able to eat a complete meal if he doesn't choke. What my question is, if he has a blockage, that a small tube couldn't pass through, how in the world can his foods pass through? He is not sick, no pain, just the choking feeling at times. The surgeon stated that the first cat scan didn't show enough of the esophagus, this is why they were doing the second one. But, if my dad was able to see the liquid going from the esophagus into the stomach, I would think they had scanned the right areas. Many years ago, he had lung surgery, removing most of one of his lungs. Where the doctors pryed his ribs apart, has become a hard knot. I am wondering if it is possible as the surgeon was going through the esophagus, and when he felt a mass that he just couldn't push his tube through, if he could have been actually hitting that hard bone in the middle of the ribs? We do not know which cat scan to believe. What is your opinion?

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