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What is Laryngopharyngeal Reflux?

Updated: Mar 27

Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) is the backflow of stomach juices (acid and enzymes) into the pharynx (throat) and larynx (voice box).  This type of reflux is not usually accompanied by the symptom of heartburn and consequently LPR can also be referred to as “Silent Reflux”.  However, throat symptoms are very common as the tissue linings and sensory nerves in the upper airway (e.g. throat, larynx, lungs, nasal cavities and sinuses) are more sensitive than the oesophagus to the effects of reflux.

 

Symptoms for Laryngopharyngeal Reflux: 

 

 

 

How can Speech and Language Therapy help with Laryngopharyngeal Reflux?

 

As a Speech and Language Therapist I have an expert knowledge about the upper digestive system.   I will work with you to identify any factors which could be exacerbating your reflux symptoms.  This may require additional investigations such as an examination of your throat by an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Consultant to aid diagnosis and treatment planning. You may also require investigations by a gastroenterologist if presenting with significant symptoms of acid reflux.  

 

At your initial consultation I will take a comprehensive case history which will include a review of your medical history, any medications you take regularly and your lifestyle.  We will explore how these could be impacting on your reflux symptoms.

You may need to return for a follow up appointment to review your lifestyle reflux management care plan.  The number of follow up sessions you require will depend on the cause and severity of your reflux or any contributing medical problems.  However most importantly your progress will be influenced by your commitment to implementing lifestyle changes.

 

Contact me for a free 15 minute telephone consultation to see if I can help you.


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