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LPR is a condition that occurs in a person who has gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Acid made in the stomach travels up the esophagus (swallowing tube). When that stomach acid gets to the throat, it is called laryngopharyngeal reflux. The symptoms include:
• Mild hoarseness
• Sensation of a lump in the throat
• Need to clear the throat
• Sensation of mucus sticking in the throat and/or post-nasal drip
• Chronic cough
• Difficulty swallowing
• Sore throat
• Red, swollen, or irritated voice box
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 can be treated by consuming smaller and frequent feeds. Avoiding sleep immediately after eating helps in reducing discomfort. Smokers must quit smoking if affected by Laryngopharyngeal Reflux. Antacids, proton pump inhibitors and H2 blockers are used to treat Laryngopharyngeal Reflux
DID YOU KNOW?
LPR can cause serious problems. LPR can cause noisy breathing, choking episodes, breathing problems (such as asthma or bronchitis), and very uncommonly, cancer of the esophagus, lung, throat or voice box.