Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease (LPRD)

August 10, 2017 | ,

Woman holding her neck

Heartburn is the most common symptom associated with acid reflux. But did you know there are many other symptoms that can be caused by reflux? “Silent reflux” can cause symptoms such as:

  • a lump sensation in the throat

  • a hoarse or raspy voice

  • difficulty swallowing

  • a cough

  • throat clearing

  • a sore throat

Silent reflux is also known as laryngopharyngeal reflux, or LPR. This occurs when stomach acid is exposed to the throat or vocal cords. LPR is diagnosed based on history and physical examination by direct visualization of the nasal airway and larynx, or throat, with a laryngoscope. Treatment for reflux disease includes lifestyle changes such as diet and habit modification, antacids or other medications.


There are several lifestyle changes that can assist in relief of symptoms caused by reflux:

  • Elevation of the head of your bed

  • Avoid lying down after meals and allow approximately three hours after eating before reclining

  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day

  • Maintain an ideal body weight

  • Reduce or discontinue alcohol use

  • Avoid late night eating

  • Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs)

  • Avoid smoking

  • Avoid carbonated drinks, and foods that are fatty or spicy, caffeine, and mint.


Seeing an ENT to perform a laryngoscopy may be beneficial to inspect the condition of the vocal cords and larynx and determine if medication management would be beneficial. Call our office to schedule your consult today (616) 994-2770.


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