Acid Reflux

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.

What are the symptoms of LPR?

Although LPR is similar to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), many LPR sufferers do not experience classic GERD symptoms such as heartburn, a bitter taste or a burning sensation in the back of the throat. LPR symptoms tend to be vague, causing many to confuse them with other conditions. These include: excessive throat clearing, trouble swallowing, and sore throat.

LPR, like GERD, may be caused by:

  • Overeating
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Heavy lifting
  • Obesity
  • Aging
  • Alcohol
  • Reflux

It is important to rule out more serious causes for symptoms, including throat cancer. A direct look at the lower throat with a flexible scope is a quick and painless way to give piece of mind and document the cause of the problem. Voice problems and swallowing difficulty are frequent occurrences. Once a diagnosis is obtained, treatment focuses on the right combination of medications and changes in eating and sleeping, known as anti-reflux measures. Further evaluation of the esophagus may be advised, depending on symptoms and response to medication.

For more information about acid reflux, Dr. Michael Pickford or Gwinnett ENT, please call us at 678-312-7390.