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Position Statement: Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

Position Statement: Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is a condition in which gastric contents flow in a retrograde fashion and contact the tissues of the upper aerodigestive tract.  LPR may be associated with hoarseness, frequent throat clearing, cough, globus sensation, refractory asthma, laryngeal ulcers and granulomas, subglottic stenosis, and carcinoma, among other conditions.  Diagnosis and treatment of LPR are within the scope of practice of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery.  Expert opinion and clinical experience support the use of high-dose proton pump inhibitor therapy (often two to four times the dose recommended routinely for treatment of distal gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), for prolonged periods of time.  Surgery to control reflux may be necessary in some patients with LPR. 

Adopted 3/6/2006
Reaffirmed 9/28/2013

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