Acid Reflux (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease)
Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease (LPR), also known as "silent reflux," is a condition in which stomach acid backs up into the throat (pharynx), voice box (larynx) or into the back of the nasal airways. This results in the inflammation of these areas, which are not protected against gastric acid exposure.
While these two conditions seem similar, many LPR sufferers do not experience the classic GERD symptoms of heartburn, bitter taste or burning in the back of the throat. LPR symptoms tend to be vague, causing many to confuse them with other conditions.
LPR symptoms tend to be vague, causing many to confuse them with other conditions. These include: excessive throat clearing, trouble swallowing, and sore throat.
How is it diagnosed?
When it comes to the symptoms associated with LPR, it’s important to rule out more serious causes, including throat cancer. The best way to do this is with a direct look at the lower throat using a flexible scope. This is a quick and painless diagnostic exam that can be done in the office during your visit. It can give you piece of mind and help diagnose the problem.
What causes LPR?
LPR, like GERD, can be caused by:
- Stenuous exercise
- Heavy lifting
What treatments are available?
Once a diagnosis is determined, treatment focuses on the right combination of medications and changes in eating and sleeping patterns, known as anti-reflux measures. Depending on the severity of symptoms and the response to medicine, further evaluation may be advised.
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