My father who lives in Ukraine has a severe loss of appetite for 3 weeks. He lost between 15 and 20 lbs in 3 weeks. It was offset with an unusual fungal throat strep that now seems to be cured. Before that he had a serious physical exertion. His symptoms are inability to swallow and for the past 3 days endless hiccups. He doesn't seem to have pain anywhere. He had 2 endoscopies and a few ultra sound tests, which showed no results. Now they suspect a diaphragmal hernia, but haven't tested for it yet. He is at a hospital on IV because he cannot eat. Please, help to diagnose what it could be.
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replied October 23rd, 2010
As I am not involved in your father's care, I am afraid that I cannot answer the question that you have asked. However, he should probably have an upper GI series ("barium swallow") to further assess the function and anatomy of his esophagus. (If this is not helpful, then a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis may also be considered.)

I hope that his doctors will be able to identify the cause of his problems, and that they will be able to help him.


Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

Author, "A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race" (2010)

A landmark, evidence-based guide to a healthy cancer-prevention lifestyle, based on cutting-edge cancer research.
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