Dr. Denis Grillo, Ear, Nose & Throat, 01/29/13

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Signs of silent reflux

By Dr. Denis Grillo

Almost everybody knows what gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is. Old terminology used to be heartburn. But I would be willing to bet not many people are familiar with laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is, as it is a relatively new diagnosis.

Reflux is a word that comes from the Greeks and it means backflow — in this case, the contents usually from the stomach.

In normal situations, the things we eat don’t back up into the throat, but if there is a problem, that is where it usually ends up.

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