What Is Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR)? The term reflux comes from a Greek word that means “backflow”. It usually refers to the backflow of stomach contents. Normally, once the things we eat reach the stomach, digestion should begin without stomach contents coming back up again……..refluxing. Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) refers to the backflow of food or stomach acid coming all the way back up into the larynx (the voice box) or the pharynx (the throat). LPR can occur day or night, even if a person hasn’t eaten a thing. Many People With LPR Don’t have Heartburn…..Why Is That? Some people experience discomfort such as heartburn, but not everyone with reflux has a lot of heartburn or indigestion. In fact, many people with LPR usually do not have heartburn. This is because the material that refluxes does not stay in the esophagus for very long. In other words, the acid does not have enough time to irritate the esophagus and cause heartburn. This is why LPR is call ...

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