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Laryngopharyngeal Reflux in Long Island, NY

Laryngopharyngeal reflux, or LPR, is a condition in which acid and stomach contents travel up from the stomach to the back of the throat. Eunice E. Park, MD, is a dual board-certified facial plastic surgeon and ear, nose, and throat (otolaryngology) specialist who offers diagnostic and treatment services to people in Long Island, Queens, and surrounding communities in New York who have symptoms of laryngopharyngeal reflux.

What is Laryngopharyngeal Reflux?

Laryngopharyngeal reflux describes a condition in which acid and stomach contents travel up from the stomach to the back of the throat. The fluid may even enter the nasal cavity. Patients of any age can have laryngopharyngeal reflux, including infants and children. The condition may be caused by lifestyle choices, such as smoking, alcohol consumption, stress and improper diet, or by anatomical abnormalities, as is the case with younger patients.

Benefits of Treatment for Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

Laryngopharyngeal reflux may cause temporary symptoms if it occurs occasionally, but people with chronic or acute laryngopharyngeal reflux could suffer permanent damage. Treatment works to alleviate the reason that you experience LPR, and Dr. Park may recommend changes to your lifestyle.

What are the Common Symptoms of Laryngopharyngeal Reflux?

Symptoms of laryngopharyngeal reflux may include:

  • Problems swallowing
  • Hoarseness
  • Irritation of the throat
  • Ear and sinus infections
  • Lesions
  • Breathing problems
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Eating difficulties
  • Postnasal drip
  • Frequent clearing of the throat

These are only some of the symptoms that may appear in patients with laryngopharyngeal reflux, and the condition can be difficult to detect in younger patients.

How is Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Diagnosed and Treated?

Laryngopharyngeal reflux is diagnosed during a physical examination and review of your symptoms. Additional tests may also be required, such as:

  • X-rays
  • Endoscopy
  • Manometry
  • Biopsy
  • pH probe

These tests may be performed in our office or on an outpatient basis at a local medical facility.

Based on her findings, Dr. Park may recommend medications to control the symptoms and prevent complications and recurrences. You may also need to make some changes to your lifestyle, such as eating better foods and stop smoking.

If these options do not work or if Dr. Park determines that an anatomical abnormality is causing your laryngopharyngeal reflux, she may recommend surgery.

How Much Does Treatment for Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Cost in Long Island, NY?

Treatment for laryngopharyngeal reflux may be covered by your medical insurance, but you will have some out-of-pocket costs. We review your coverage after your consultation, and you may incur other charges during treatment and follow-up appointments. For your convenience, we accept payment by cash, check and major credit card.

If you experience reflux that brings acid and stomach contents to the back of your throat, you may have laryngopharyngeal reflux. Dr. Eunice E. Park is an ENT specialist who offers diagnostic and treatment services for LPR for residents of Long Island, Queens and surrounding communities in New York. Contact us today to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Park.