Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) is a rare condition in which the sphincter (a ring of muscle at the end of the esophagus), which essentially keeps the contents of the stomach in the right place, doesn’t work right. Therefore, in Laryngopharyngeal Reflux, the acid of the stomach backs up into the back of the throat causing inflammation in areas that are not protected against gastric acid exposure. Some of the symptoms of Laryngopharyngeal Reflux include hoarseness, chronic cough, trouble feeding, trouble gaining weight, and noisy breathing.
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?
The treatment as prescribed by a general physician will be majorly to deal with the GERD. Along with over the counter medications such as antacids, it is recommended that patients have a bland diet, avoid tobacco and alcohol, and eat small but frequent meals. In severe cases, a surgery may be recommended.
DID YOU KNOW?
Untreated LPR may lead to cancer of the voice box.