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Less known reflux affects throat

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a well-known common complaint, especially around festive seasons when stomach contents and acid is forced up the food pipe (esophagus), resulting in regurgitation and chest pain. Acid reflux into the throat, or Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR), causes irritation to the sensitive tissues which presents as throat clearing, coughing, a full feeling in the throat, voice loss, and trouble swallowing. These symptoms can also be confused with other illnesses including post-nasal drip, allergies, or sinus. LPR typically occurs while standing up and at any time, but commonly with exercise; it can happen in people with any body type. LPR is diagnosed with esophagoscopy where the esophagus is examined with a camera on the end of a long, flexible tube, and testing the pH of the throat. It is treated with high dose anti-reflux drugs under the collaborative guidance of an ear, nose and throat specialist and gastroenterologist.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Charlotte Observer

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About: Less known reflux affects throat

Date: 8 January 2006

Source: The Charlotte Observer

Author: Dr Darrell Klotz


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