Do you experience frequent throat clearing, hoarseness, coughing, or a lump in your throat? These symptoms may be signs of silent reflux, also known as laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). Unlike gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which causes heartburn and regurgitation, silent reflux affects the upper throat and larynx and often goes unnoticed.
Silent reflux occurs when stomach acid or digestive enzymes flow back up from the stomach into the throat, irritating and inflaming the sensitive tissues. It can be caused by various factors, including obesity, smoking, alcohol consumption, a hiatal hernia, or a weakened lower esophageal sphincter (LES).
If left untreated, silent reflux can lead to chronic throat and voice problems, such as vocal cord nodules, granulomas, ulcers, and even cancer. That's why it's essential to seek medical evaluation and treatment if you suspect you have silent reflux.
At LA Center for Ear Nose Throat & Allergy, we offer a comprehensive evaluation of your symptoms, medical history, and physical examination to diagnose silent reflux accurately. We may also perform additional tests, such as a laryngoscopy, to assess the extent and severity of your reflux.
Once we diagnose silent reflux, we develop a customized treatment plan tailored to your needs and preferences. Depending on the severity of your symptoms and underlying conditions, treatment options may include:
If you suspect you have silent reflux or have been diagnosed with it and need expert care, don't hesitate to schedule a consultation with our experienced ENT team. We're dedicated to helping you achieve optimal throat health and quality of life.