Laryngopharengeal Reflux in Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: Does "Silent Laryngopharengeal Reflux" Really Exist?
Open Journal of Gastroenterology
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a disorder resulting from the reversed flow of gastroduodenal contents into the esophagus, and producing different symptoms, while laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is a disorder resulting from the reversed flow of gastric contents into the hypopharynx. The aim of this work is to evaluate LPR in cases of GERD. Methods: The present study was performed on fifty GERD patients diagnosed by gastroscope. LPR was assessed by reflux symptoms score (RSI) and reflux
... re (RSI) and reflux finding score (RFS). Accordingly, patients are classified into: Group I = 25 patients with manifest LPR, and Group II = 25 control patients without LPR symptoms. Results: GERD accounts for 17.4% of attendants of gastroscope unit, where manifest LPR accounts for 29.1% of GERD cases recording mean RSI and RFS 16.48 and 8.44 respectively. Silent LPR accounts for 8% recording mean RFS 7. Conclusion: There is a significant direct proportional relationship between severity of GERD and the RSI and RFS (p = 0.015 and 0.005 respectively).