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Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is a condition in which acid from the stomach affects the voice box and throat. Similar to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) – which affects the esophagus and typically causes heartburn – symptoms of laryngopharyngeal reflux include:
While GERD and LPR are similar, each condition may occur simultaneously with or independently from one other.
After taking a comprehensive patient history, your doctor will typically look for signs of reflux which may include:
To confirm laryngopharyngeal reflux, some patients choose to have a pharyngeal pH probe – a thin wire which secures behind the ear, enters through the nose, and sits in the back of the throat. The probe will measure the acid level in the throat over a 24-hour period and will confirm the presence of abnormal acid levels.
Laryngopharyngeal (LPR) reflux treatment often includes anatacid medication. LPR can also be treated by making lifestyle changes, including:
Contact the Johns Hopkins Voice Center by calling 443-997-6467 (443-997-OHNS).