Laryngopharyngeal Reflux is characterized by retrograde flow of gastric contents into the aero digestive tract, causing cough, hoarseness or wheezing. Laryngopharyngeal Reflux is also referred to as silent reflux. Symptoms are:
• Barking or chronic cough
• Reactive airway disease
• Noisy breathing
• Trouble feeding or inhaling
• Trouble gaining weight
• Excessive throat clearing
• Lump in throat
HOW IS LARYNGOPHARYNGEAL REFLUX DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis is usually made based on the findings of irritation or swelling in the throat, more specifically in the back part of the voice box. Three commonly used tests are a swallowing study, a direct look at the stomach and esophagus through a scope, and a pH test.
HOW IS LARYNGOPHARYNGEAL REFLUX TREATED?
Laryngopharyngeal Reflux treatment includes medications for relieving pain and physical therapy to provide relief from the excruciating pain. If untreated, Laryngopharyngeal Reflux can cause long-term irritation and damage and can get fatal.
DID YOU KNOW?
Laryngopharyngeal Reflux is common in infants as their sphincters are underdeveloped. However, the cause in adults is still unknown.