Laryngopharyngeal reflux is a condition where acidic fluid from the stomach mists into the voice box or lungs, which can cause adult-onset asthma, chronic cough, and lung fibrosis.
The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn. Other GERD symptoms include:
If you frequently have any of the symptoms above, take this short quiz from the Esophageal Institute (EI) to see if you’re at risk for GERD. Even if you do have symptoms, the only way to really know if you have GERD is through a series of tests with a clinician.
Some of the tests we may use are:
Proton pump inhibitors (PPI) and H2 blockers are two drugs that can help reduce the amount of acid produced by your stomach. Many people notice symptoms like heartburn decrease when they take these GERD medications on a regular basis.
If GERD medications give you severe side effects or stop working, surgery may be the right option for you.
Two of the surgeries we do at the EI are: