Jefferson University Hospitals

Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR)

Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is the backflow of stomach contents up the esophagus and into the throat. Also known as silent reflux, LPR is different than gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in that heartburn and esophagitis are usually not associated with the condition.

Rather, LPR affects your voice box and throat and may cause symptoms such as hoarseness, sore throat, globus sensation (feeling of a lump in the throat), cough, swallowing problems, choking and excessive throat clearing. It is a common problem in patients with throat complaints. 

The otolaryngologists and speech-language pathologists of the Jefferson Voice and Swallowing Center in Philadelphia can look at your larynx and throat to see if there is any irritation caused by the backflow of stomach acid and provide a treatment plan that may involve dietary and lifestyle modifications as well as medications.