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The symptoms of laryngopharyngeal reflux where stomach contents reach upper airway, are: altered voice throat clearing, vocal fatigue, cough, laryngospasm, tightening of larynx and glottic carcinoma. It is estimated to occur in 35% of the adult population in North America who are over 40 years old. Airway inflammation has been discovered in obstructive sleep apnea patients and correlations have been found between the severity of airway inflammation and the corresponding severity of the obstructive sleep apnea.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by News-Medical
About: Gastro-esophageal reflux disease linked to obstructive sleep apnea
Date: 17 September 2004
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