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

Answered by
Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on May 18, 2020 and last reviewed on: Jun 01, 2020

Good Afternoon, I have few symptoms for a month like sour or metallic tongue usually when I eat some food. I feel like I have something stack in my throat and I don't 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,

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterology

Hello dear, I welcome you to icliniq.

It seems there is problem within your food pipe.

Acid reflux, regurgitation of food, choking and freqenut salivation and sometime vomiting are all symotoms related to food pipe (esophagus). Metallic taste of tongue, food stuck and diffculty in swallowing are just part of armentarium of symotoms of any disease affecting food pipe. There are many disorders which could cause such symptoms namely esophageal diverticulum, motility disorders, eosinohilic esophagitis, or some anatomical variations of food pipe. These all disorders can reasonably be excluded on basis of good history and some common investugation; rarely an endoscopy is required to confirm the diagnosis. Since with limited history I am unable to make any diagnosis at momemt. 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. Good day

The Probable causes:

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

Investigations to be done:

complete blood count
Serum Ig E
Thyroid function tests
ANA profile
Timed barium swallow TBS

Differential diagnosis:

motility disorders

Regarding follow up:

follow up after investigation or can discuss now before getting tested

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