From a statement released this afternoon by Ronny L. Jackson, MD, FAAEM, Physician to the President and Director of the White House Medical Unit:
This morning, an ear, nose and throat specialist from Fort Belvoir Medical Center conducted a fiber optic exam, under my supervision, of the President’s throat based on symptoms of sore throat over the past couple weeks. 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. 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.
From a statement by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest:
“The President has been complaining of a sore throat. In light of that and given that the President has free time in his schedule this afternoon, Dr. Jackson, the President’s physician, recommended he go to Walter Reed for some diagnostic tests. According to Dr. Jackson, the quickly scheduled test is a matter of convenience for the President, not a matter of urgency. We will provide additional updates when available.”