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Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR)

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LPR can be referred to as “silent reflux” because most patients do not have heartburn.

LPR is common, but less well known than gastroesophageal or reflux disease. Phlegm, which is typically worse in the morning, throat clearing, and sore throat are the typical symptoms. However, other symptoms can be hoarseness, irritation/discomfort, cough, or a feeling of a lump (or something stuck) in your throat.

Reflux is a backflow of stomach acid into your throat and voice box. This is usually prevented by a muscle valve (lower esophageal sphincter) at the entrance of the stomach. But if it is not functioning well you may develop these symptoms.

The valve is very weak if there is a hiatal hernia. But, also there are many common foods and drinks that relax this valve. Weakening of the valve is also a common occurrence as you get older.

Treatment is based on two parts: diet and lifestyle changes and medications.

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