Will an endoscopy alone detect laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (lpr) or throat cancers?

Not always. Although it is possible to detect these problems during outpatient endoscopy, imaging in the form of ct scans or pet scans may be required to detect some throat tumors. Often an exam under anesthesia is also required to biopsy and detect full extent of throat tumors.

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Laryngopharyngeal reflux. What are the symptoms? I have cobblestones in back of throat and trouble breathing? Any true tests to show it's causing this

LERD suspected. Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid & pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation). Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, and even a higher risk of throat cancer. Impedance pH testing with a symptom diary can best characterize lerd. Read more...

My sore throat due to laryngopharyngeal reflux keeps coming back? Will it ever go away for good? Can it have serious consequences?

Is your reflux. being treated? If the acid is under control, your sore throat should get better also. I would recommend follow up with your primary care doctor or a gastroenterology specialist if it's not improving. You also could see an ear, nose and throat specialist, who may want to look with a scope to see exactly what's going on. Read more...

Laryngopharyngeal reflux has caused severe throat irritation. I am on Nexium (esomeprazole) for a month with little improvement. Is this type of healing long term?

Yes. If indeed LPR is the cause of your throat irritation (and the condition is frequently misdiagnosed) it often takes a long time to see improvement. Occasionally it can take 3 months with double dose therapy to get relief. Read more...