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President Obama rushed to hospital by motorcade and given a CAT scan for 'persistent sore throat' he's been suffering for weeks
Barack Obama has welcomed a future king at the Oval Office.
Prince William flew to Washington this morning to meet with the President and deliver a speech at the World Bank on stopping illegal wildlife trafficking.
During a brief public chat between Obama and Prince William, the royal revealed that he was so excited after the birth of Prince George that he forgot to ask whether he was a boy or a girl.
Landmark: Prince William, who is second in like to the British throne, was invited to the White House by President Barack Obama
Whirlwind trip: The Duke of Cambridge, 32, will also deliver a speech to the World Bank about stopping illegal wildlife traffic, one of his pet causes
The Duke of Cambridge is also in Washington to deliver a speech at the World Bank on stopping wildlife trafficking, an issue that the young royal is championing
'I remember when George was born, I forgot to work out whether it was a boy or a girl. The excitement of the event and everything else was just chaos. You are suddenly... well actually it's a boy,' he joked.
A Kensington Palace spokesman revealed that Prince William gave the American Commander in Chief a signed portrait of himself - which is said to be the customary gift for such occasions.
The whirlwind visit to the nation's capital marks the diplomatic leg of the Duke of Cambridge's visit to the United States, which is only his second in an official capacity.
His audience with Obama at the White House is groundbreaking. Price William is second in line to the British throne - after his father Prince Charles - and it's entirely possible he won't become head of state for several decades.
Prince William left his pregnant wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in New York City - where the couple arrived Sunday night to a rock star welcome.
Kate visited a center for disadvantaged children in Harlem in Manhattan with New York City's First Lady, Chirlane McCray.
The Duchess of Cambridge didn't accompany her husband to the White House because the visit was not confirmed until after she had agreed to go to Harlem with Ms McCray, Kensington Palace said.
Obama and the prince have met before - but never on the president's home turf. The last time the two met was at the 70th anniversary commemoration of D-Day in Normandy.
The Duke of Cambridge flew first class on a shuttle flight this morning into Washington's Reagan National Airport. He will return to New York this evening to watch the Brooklyn Nets take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Taking a stand: At the World Bank, Prince Williams said, 'In my view, one of the most insidious forms of corruption and criminality in the world today is the illegal wildlife trade'
The Duke of Cambridge praised China's efforts to crack down on traffic in shark fins - while also mentioning that a large demand for illegal ivory comes from the nation
Prince William was greeted by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim before his speech, in which he called on nations to do more to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade
Prince William and Obama’s conversation could barely be heard above the clicking of cameras and reporters shouting questions, but the two could be seen laughing and smiling as the chatted.
He commented that next year will be very busy.
'It's going to be interesting next year. A busy year next year,' he remarked.
Prince William and Kate's second child is due in April. The couple also have officials visits planned to Japan and China.
Noting the large group of reporters crammed into the room, a surprised William remarked that 'you can’t get any more people in the room.’
The president thanked reporters for coming and for their interest in William's ‘very important work.’
The only question he took from press was about his health, following recent reports of a sore throat that tests proved to be the result of acid reflux.
Prince William arrived at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., after flying from New York City on Monday morning
The prince, who is second in line for the British throne, will meet President Barack Obama in a landmark visit to the Oval Office
Prince Williams left his pregnant wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in New York City - where the couple are staying. He is expected to return to the city later this evening
‘I’m fine. I was completely fine,’ he assured.
Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill also greeted the prince in Washington, though that meeting was closed to the press.
Prince William is also gave speech at the World Bank today on how to stop poaching and wildlife trafficking.
Obama has called the issue 'a devastating environmental problem' and applauded the Duke of Cambridge's activism.
Prince William's surprise invitation to the White House shows that he is working to become the new public face of the Royal Family as his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, approaches her 90s.
The prince, who is training as an air ambulance pilot in England, has only once before visited the United States on official business - in 2011 when he and Kate made a brief stop in California following a tour of Canada.
This is also the first trip for the Duke and Duchess that does not have them visiting a Commonwealth nation that was once part of the British Empire.
Stayed behind: While her husband was meeting President Barack Obama, Hate, the Duchess of Cambridge, met New York City's First Lady, Chirlane McCray in Harlem
Landing with a bump: Prince William and Kate got the royal welcome when they arrived in New York City on Sunday night for a whirlwind official visit
President Barack Obama's persistent sore throat - which saw him whisked to a military hospital by motorcade for a CAT scan on Saturday - was caused by acid reflux, the White House has said.
Obama, 53, reportedly underwent a fiber optic exam by an ear, nose and throat specialist at the Washington residence on Saturday morning after complaining of a sore throat for two weeks.
He was then driven via motorcade to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where a CAT scan was performed. The results came back normal, it is said.
Now, Obama's physician Dr Ronny Jackson, director of the White House Medical Unit, has revealed that the exams' combined results show that the president is suffering from acid reflux.
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Motorcade: President Barack Obama is pictured being driven via motorcade to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Saturday afternoon after complaining of a persistent sore throat
Under the weather: Once at the hospital, the president (pictured on Friday) underwent a CAT scan. Combined with the results of a fiber optic exam, the results revealed that Obama is suffering from acid reflux, it is said
'The president's symptoms are consistent with soft tissue inflammation related to acid reflux and will be treated accordingly,' Mr Jackson said, without elaborating on subsequent treatment.
Acid reflux is caused when the muscle fibers in the lower esophagus do not close properly, causing the contents of the stomach to flow back up the esophagus. This often leads to severe heartburn.
Other symptoms include nausea after eating, coughing and difficulty swallowing. Treatments involve avoiding certain foods and using over-the-counter or prescription medications, like antacids.
In a statement, Mr Jackson said the fiber optic exam, carried out at the White House shortly after Obama awoke, revealed 'soft tissue swelling' in the back of the president's throat.
Hospital: Following the fiber optic exam, two medical experts determined 'further evaluation with a routine CT scan was prudent'. Above, Obama with aide Bobby Schmuck (right) outside the Walter Reed center in July
He and the unidentified ENT specialist from the Fort Belvoir Medical Center in Northern Virginia then determined that 'further evaluation with a routine CT scan was prudent', he said.
The scan results came back normal, he added.
However, ABC News's Chief Medial and Health Editor, Dr Richard Besser, said that Obama's hospital tests 'did not hold true with what you'd normally see' in the case of a sore throat.
Acid reflux is caused when the muscle fibers in the lower esophagus do not close properly, causing the contents of the stomach to flow back up the esophagus.
This often leads to severe heartburn and a sore throat. Other symptoms include nausea after eating, coughing and difficulty swallowing.
There are many risk factors for the condition.
Smoking, alcohol and hiatal hernia all increase the risk of developing acid reflux, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
For treatment, sufferers are often told to avoid certain foods and use over-the-counter or prescription medications, like antacids.
'Normally for a sore throat, initially you'll do a test for strep. If it goes on for a couple of weeks, you might do a scope, but not a CT,' he said.
'It may be that he is a former smoker, he's the president of the United States - you'll often see presidents get extra testing.'
Obama's departure to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at 2pm caught reporters off guard. It is unusual for a president to seek medical care outside of the White House.
The president was reportedly at the hospital for half an hour, before being driven back to the residence in the rainy weather.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Mr Jackson had suggested Obama have the diagnostic test done on Saturday afternoon because he had free time in his schedule.
Rain had kept Obama off the golf course, where he spends most Saturdays when the weather permits, said Mr Earnest.
'The quickly scheduled test is a matter of convenience for the president, not a matter of urgency,' Earnest said. In May, Obama had a physical exam and was said to be in excellent health.
Although Mr Jackson did not give a cause for Obama's case of acid reflux, there are many risk factors for the condition.
Medic: 'The president's symptoms are consistent with soft tissue inflammation related to acid reflux and will be treated accordingly,' Obama's physician Dr Ronny Jackson (above), of the White House Medical Unit, said
These include smoking, the use of alcohol and hiatal hernia, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Mr Besser said the type of treatment the president will receive in coming days depends on the severity of his symptoms and how long he has been experiencing them.
For a 'slow approach', 'you would have him raise the head of his bed, stop smoking, if he's still smoking, cut down on alcohol and cut back on those foods that are causing problems,' he said.
He added that Obama would be prescribed medication only if the above steps did not work.