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BRITISH VOICE ASSOCIATION : Reflux and voice

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. GERD and LPR.

Diet and lifestyle modifications are effective interventions for GERD, despite the fact that few robust data have been published (Table 1) [De Groot et al. 2009; Kaltenbach et al. 2006]. According to treatment used in a UK district general hospital, dietary and behavior modification has also been supposed to be very effective in the management of LPR [Pearson et al. 2011]. First agreement analysis and day-to-day comparison of pharyngeal pH monitoring with pH/impedance monitoring in patients with suspected laryngopharyngeal reflux. 38.

Currently, the understanding of the pharyngolaryngeal defense mechanisms against refluxed acid is limited, and the natural history of the disease is unknown. This problem is further magnified by the fact that pharyngolaryngeal lesions may have multiple etiologies with similar appearance and presentation. The management of patients with suspected laryngeal manifestations of GERD continues to be controversial.

The most commonly performed surgery is called the Nissen Fundoplication. It is done by wrapping the top part of the stomach around the junction between the stomach and esophagus and sewing it in place.

Avoid tobacco. Care needs to be taken to not overuse the voice by shouting, whispering, speaking for a long period of time, or clearing the throat. The amount of acid reflux required to cause this is very small. This explains why most of these individuals do not have heartburn. The injury may be greater in people who use their voice vigorously, such as singers or teachers.

Overall, there are scant conflicting results to assess the effect of reflux treatments (including dietary and lifestyle modification, medical treatment, antireflux surgery) on laryngopharyngeal reflux. The present review is aimed at critically discussing the current treatment options in patients with laryngopharyngeal reflux, and provides a perspective on the development of new therapies. Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is an extraesophageal variant of gastroesophageal reflux disease that is associated with chronic cough, hoarseness, dysphonia, recurrent throat clearing, and globus pharyngeus.

The yield on hypopharyngeal probes has been demonstrated to be less than 50% when all artifacts are excluded (Harrell et al., 2007). Despite this, studies often rely on pH impedance testing with pharyngeal sensors to diagnose LPR (Joniau et al., 2007). However, 24-hour monitoring is not always used due to patient resistance, expense, difficulty in interpretation, and equipment availability, making data even more difficult to interpret. pH monitoring also requires manometry to determine the location of the lower esophageal sphincter. If placement is not accurate, data are not valid.

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I had no heartburn, bitter taste in my mouth or burning sensation at the back of the throat, which are all typically associated with acid reflux, meaning that my condition fell into this ‘silent’ category. This was certainly the crux of the situation, the main reason why I lost my voice. Night after night I had been going to bed on a full stomach. During the night, as the food was digesting, stomach acid was allowed to make its way up to my vocal cords due to the fact that I was lying down.

However, pH-metry failed to report an increased esophageal acid exposure time in smokers compared with nonsmokers despite the former experiencing increased reflux episodes [Pehl et al. 1997]. Overall, there are inconclusive data regarding the effect of cessation of cigarette smoking on GERD outcome. The positive effects of lifestyle modifications compared with those of uncertain efficacy in the treatment of laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (LPRD). 59.

Of course, this principle applies to all of the symptoms listed above, since they can also have other causes. Barium swallow may reveal a hiatus hernia or pharyngeal pouch, and should be ordered if a patient reports food impaction with regurgitation, halitosis, aspiration, recurrent lower respiratory tract infection, cervical borborygmi or a compressible neck mass. It may also reveal stenosis caused by an oesophageal web, bar or tumour, or extrinsic compression caused by a cervical or thoracic lesion.

Furthermore, several signs of laryngeal irritation, which are generally considered to be signs of laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR), were found to be present in a high percentage of asymptomatic individuals on laryngoscopic examination. The apparent advantage of operative therapy is that it corrects the antireflux barrier at the gastroesophageal junction and prevents the reflux of most stomach contents, thus preventing acid and nonacidic material from coming in contact with the pharyngolaryngeal mucosa. Candidates for antireflux surgery are often patients who require continuous or increasing doses of medication to maintain their response to acid suppressive therapy. On the other hand, increased awareness may lead to overdiagnosis of the condition because typical laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) symptoms are nonspecific and can occur in processes such as infection, vocal abuse, allergy, smoking, inhaled irritants, and alcohol abuse. Failing to recognize laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is dangerous, while overdiagnosis of laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) can lead to unnecessary costs and missed diagnosis.

Perhaps of greatest global significance, there is persistent controversy regarding the accuracy of diagnosis of LPR, the efficacy of treatment, and the quality of research that has been performed. The lack of reliable data is apparent in a recent study from the Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews. The investigators examined existing data to determine the efficacy of anti-reflux therapy for patients with hoarseness. Of the 302 studies identified, none met their inclusion criteria (Hopkins et al., 2008). Their conclusion that there is a “need for high quality randomized controlled trials to evaluate the efficacy of anti-reflux therapy” echoes the frustration of many current practitioners.

These habits must be changed or stopped to gain relief. More importantly, failure to change these habits can hinder the success of any treatment for backflow of stomach fluids into the throat and voice box (reflux laryngitis). A reflux action causes these uncomfortable sensations. Reflux refers to a backward or return flow. In LPR, stomach acid flows back into the esophagus and irritates the throat.

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