Laryngopharyngeal reflux: A literature review

Anwar Moin Khan, S. R. Hashmi, F. Elahi, M. Tariq, D. R. Ingrams

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Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is a common condition encountered in otolaryngological practice in the United Kingdom. It is one of the most important aetiological factors for many inflammatory disorders of the upper aerodigestive tract. The presentations are diverse and include chronic hoarseness, sensation of a foreign body in the throat, sore throat, dysphagia, postnasal drip, excessive throat mucous, chronic cough and throat clearing. LPR patients may not complain of heartburn. Although LPR is common, its diagnosis may not be easy, as its symptoms are non specific and the laryngeal findings are not always associated with symptom severity. This article discusses an overall view of LPR in terms of pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-225
Number of pages5
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Heartburn
  • Laryngopharyngeal reflux
  • Upper aerodigestive tract
  • Voice disorders


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