What is silent reflux?
The official name for silent reflux is laryngopharyngeal reflux, also known as LPR. The effects on the body are similar to a common stomach and heartburn condition known as GERD. With LPR, or silent reflux you may not experience the same symptoms which can make it hard to diagnosis.
What causes LPR?
LPR is caused when the sphincter muscles located on both ends of your esophagus do not function correctly, in keeping food and other contents from entering back into their former areas.
Who suffers from LPR?
The condition is found often in babies and small children because their sphincter muscles have not been fully developed. Also the fact that children’s esophagus are smaller, given contents a shorter area to be in, and they are quite often in a laying down position.
What are some of the symptoms of LPR?
Those who suffer from this condition may experience trouble in eating and retaining food. The may have troubled or noisy breathing, or a chronic cough along with hoarseness as warning signs of LPR.
For adults who experience LPR the symptoms may mimic other common issues. A lump in the throat that does not go away after persistent swallowing along with excessive throat clearing and a persistent cough.
Complications of LPR?
If these symptoms persist long term side effects can be experienced such as narrowing of vocal cords, ulcer development and constant ear infections. Adults may experience a scared and damaged vocal box.
How is LPR diagnosed?
Your doctor will use a combination of things to diagnosis LPR. He/She will look into your medical history, perform a physical examine and one or more of these test:
1. Ph monitoring were acid levels are monitored for a 24 hour period, by a tube placed up the nose through to the esophagus.
2. An endoscopic exam were your doctor examines your throat and vocal cords with a flexible instrument. This is an in office procedure.
There are numerous medications on the market that may be prescribed to treat LPR. You and your physician will make the best decisions on what will work best for your body. If a person’s case does not respond to any of the options listed earlier a procedure called a fundoplication. With this procedure the upper part stomach close to the esophagus is wrapped to reinforce the muscle. It is best to move towards treatment as soon as possible and don’t ignore the signs or symptoms.