What's to Know About Laryngopharyngeal Reflux?

Q:
What’s to know about laryngopharyngeal reflux?

A:
Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is similar to acid reflux disease. But its symptoms are often different from acid reflux disease.

As I just said, LPR’s symptoms are different from acid reflux disease. For example, you may not experience heartburn, a typical symptom of acid reflux disease. This is why LPR is also called silent reflux.

The cause in adults is unknown. But I can talk about how LPR happens. You should know that at either end of the esophagus is a ring of muscle called sphincter. If you’re healthy, the sphincters work properly to keep stomach contents in the stomach. However, when you suffer LPR, the muscles don’t work well. The acid travels up to the voice box or the back of the throat.

LPR is common among infants as their sphincters are undeveloped.

 

Keywords: laryngopharyngeal reflux; silent reflux

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