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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Are there any drugs that block the epiglottis?

My sister (a technical writer for pharmaceutical companies who is a walking encyclopedia of drugs) tells me that my father aspirated macaroni into his lungs during lunch; she refused to allow medication when they "tubed" him in the ER and the tube was never removed. Three months later - just before his insurance ran out - his feeding tube (she provided staff with a baby-food concoction for them to give him a few days prior) developed an infection and he passed away. She also threatened to sue them for drawing blood post-partum - which they did at my request - to test for Ankylosing Spondylitis. (One of his doctors remarked he thought he may had it.) She had POA, so the blood was discarded and the test destroyed. I hate to ask this, but is there any drug that could have shut down his epiglottis? And is it possible that using a drug to ease the pain of tubing him in the ER would have caused a noticeable contraindication?

Tue, 2 Jan 2018
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Feeling of globus sensation(foreign body sensation)in throat is commonly seen in elderly females.Although the cause is not known,an association with depression and anxiety has been well documented.This is diagnosed by examination of throat to rule out other conditions causing similar senation like gastroesophageal reflux disease,thyroiditis,esophageal disorders.Consulting your doctor (ent) and then psychiatry referral might help you.
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