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13 Sep 2007

Painful swallowing
I have pain in lower part of throat / neck when swallowing. My doctor said it could be numerous things i.e. thyroid, inflammation, polip etc. I went for a barium swallow which showed everything normal except for thickening of right apex (which I'm still not sure what it means). What I want to know is would the barium swallow show any thyroid problems if there were any? Or should I not be worried. Can you go for a thyroid test by yourself and where?

Thank you.
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CyberDoc
Cyberdoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear J

Thank you for visiting health24.com.

The barium swallow would indicate pressure if the thyroid was swollen large enough but this would be clinically detectable, as well. You can have a thyroid test done at any Pathologist at a Private Hospital under orders from your GP.

I recommend that you consult an Ear Nose and Throat Specialist to exclude any other pathological reasons, i.e. polips.

Kind regards


Dr Anrich Burger
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