West Orange High School athlete back on court after receiving treatment for rare throat condition – WFTV

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — As an athlete at West Orange High School, basketball and food were staples for Djems Narcisse until last fall.

“It was our very first team meal, and it was a sandwich and it got stuck in my throat and I was like, ‘Whoa, I’ve never felt this before,'” he said. -he declares.

His mother, Jennifer Narcisse, told him to slow down and eat, but it only got worse and he was rapidly losing weight.

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“It got to a point where I couldn’t even drink water. That’s how it went wrong,” Narcisse said.

After an X-ray in the ER, they learned that Narcissus had achalasia, a rare condition that causes spasms in the esophagus, which prevents food from reaching the stomach.

AdventHealth’s Dr. Dennis Yang and an industry leader in interventional endoscopy research saw Narcissus as a candidate for POEM, an innovative endoscopic procedure performed through the mouth to reopen the throat, instead of invasive surgery. .

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Now Narcisse is back on the field and at the table.

“I should have said something sooner though. Don’t be afraid to speak up,” he said.

About 80% to 90% of POEM patients have long-term success, according to the data.

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