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I feel like something is stuck in my throat, and I get a metallic taste. What to do?


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Answered by

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Sneha Kannan

Published At May 18, 2020
Reviewed AtJanuary 17, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have few symptoms for a month, like sour or metallic tongue, usually when I eat some food. I feel like I have something stuck in my throat, and I do not feel like eating anything. I feel short of breath. However, some relief if I burp, I also have to clear phlegm from my throat all the time.

Thank you.

Answered by Dr. Ajeet Kumar


Welcome to icliniq.com.

It seems there is a problem with your food pipe.

Acid reflux, regurgitation of food, choking and frequent salivation, and sometimes vomiting are all symptoms related to food pipes (esophagus). The metallic taste of tongue, food stuck, and difficulty swallowing are just part of the armamentarium of symptoms of any disease affecting food pipe. Many disorders could cause such symptoms, namely esophageal diverticulum, motility disorders, eosinophilic esophagitis, or some anatomical variations of the food pipe. These all disorders can reasonably be excluded on the basis of good history and some common investigation; rarely an endoscopy is required to confirm the diagnosis. Since with limited history, I am unable to make any diagnosis at the moment. But I tried to provide you the possibilities.

I recommend you some testing, just get it done and come back to discuss.

I hope this will be helpful.

The Probable causes

esophageal diverticulum, motility disorders, eosinophilic esophagitis, or some anatomical variations of food pipe.

Investigations to be done

Complete blood count. Serum IgE. Thyroid function tests. ANA (antinuclear antibody) profile. CPK (creatinine phosphokinase). Timed barium swallow (TBS).

Differential diagnosis

Motility disorders.

Regarding follow up

Follow-up after investigation or can discuss now before getting tested.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Ajeet Kumar
Dr. Ajeet Kumar

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