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Swallowed catheter, trouble breathing, hair loss, itchy and dry skin. Treatment?

hi my name is linda gutierrez i had trauma done to me in my throat, swallowing a catheter straw down my esohagus, this procedure damaged my throat enabling me to breathe properly, hair loss , itchy dry skin , increased saliva drooling, plugged ears.. kaiser likes to say it was caused by acid reflux. which is absurd because my acid never got to my throat, just my chest, i wanted to know is there any treatment for my condition or should i let it heal on its own?
Asked On : Sat, 22 Sep 2012
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Hello I am Dr Ravinder Sharma ENT surgeon
On the basis of information provided it appears that you are concerned with the trauma in the throat because of catheter. This is a treatable condition.You will require ENT examination and possibly an endoscopy of oesophagus to look for the extent of damage. Depending on the extent of damage treatment can be planned. I will not comment on the problem of reflux right now. It is better to take care of the injury in oesophagus and once it heals it will need a review for reflux. At the same time an antacid may be of help for you. This will neutralize the acid content of gastric secretions and thus your symptoms of reflux will decrease for the time being.

I hope this answers your concerns. Feel free to contact me if your need more information on this

With warm regards
Ravinder Sharma
Answered: Sun, 23 Sep 2012
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