Laryngopharyngeal acid reflux disease—also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)—is a common digestive disorder brought on when gastric acid flows from the stomach up to the throat. People who experience recurrent reflux or heartburn symptoms are often diagnosed with acid reflux disease.
Chronic acid reflux can lead to other conditions, including inflammation, ulceration, scarring, stricture (narrowing), throat irritation, throat phlegm, throat clearing and hoarse voice.
Otolaryngologists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) specialize in treating reflux disease.
Treatment involves lifestyle changes and medications. The goal of treatment is to find the cause, so you can prevent it from recurring.
Diet and lifestyle:
Medications may be needed if changes in your lifestyle do not offer enough relief for your symptoms:
You will receive a thorough diagnostic examination to evaluate if you have laryngopharyngeal acid reflux disease and determine what course of treatment is needed. Careful monitoring and the involvement of an experienced otolaryngologist are important to the successful outcome for patients with ear, nose and throat disorders and conditions.
If you are having surgery or a procedure, you will likely be scheduled for a visit to the Weiner Center for Preoperative Evaluation for pre-operative information and tests.
The day of surgery, you will be taken care of in the operating room by otolaryngologist, anesthesiologists and nurses who specialize in surgery for patients with laryngopharyngeal acid reflux disease. After surgery, you will go to the post-surgical care unit where you will receive comprehensive care by experienced surgical and nursing staff.
Learn more about your hospital stay, patient-centered care and returning home.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital provides a multidisciplinary approach to patient care by collaborating with colleagues who have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating ear, nose and throat disorders and conditions. In addition, patients have full access to BWH’s world-renowned academic medical community, with its diverse specialists, and state-of-the-art facilities.
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