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30y/o, history of gerd + esophagus tender, take zantac (ranitidine). now have dysphagia lump in throat feeling 4 a week+. if i go to er will they test for cancer?

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No: If you go to ER they will not test for cancer. That is not the purpose of ER. See your regular doctor or an ear, nose and throat doctor.

Answered 10/4/2014

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No: The Emergency Room is for emergencies, such as appendicitis, heart attacks, car accidents, etc... A primary care doctor can look for cancer, and can refer to specialists for help (such as a gastroenterologist who specializes in the stomach and esophagus).

Answered 10/4/2014

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No: GERD and dysphagia is not an issue dealt with in the emergency room unless totally obstructed . Best to see GI physician to get an esophagram and do upper endoscopy which will resolve the issue. The sensation of a lump in the throat is Globus pharyngis also known as globus sensation, globus or, somewhat outdatedly, globus hystericus. If an abnormal area seen it would then be biopsied.

Answered 9/28/2016

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