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J Laryngol Otol. 2013 Jun;127(6):590-4. doi: 10.1017/S0022215113000832. Epub 2013 May 3.

The effect of anti-reflux treatment on subjective voice measurements of patients with laryngopharyngeal reflux.

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  • 1Department of ENT, City Hospital, Birmingham, UK. tbeech@nhs.net

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the impact of anti-reflux treatment and speech therapy on subjective voice measurements of patients with laryngopharyngeal reflux.

METHODS:

This paper reports a prospective study of patients seen in a voice clinic over a three-year period who were being treated for laryngopharyngeal reflux. Patients were assessed at presentation using the reflux symptom index and voice symptom scale, and were reassessed at three months and six months post-treatment. Treatment entailed twice daily proton pump inhibitor therapy and speech therapy.

RESULTS:

The study comprised 74 patients. The reflux symptom index and voice symptom scale scores significantly improved following treatment at both three and six months. There was a correlation between improved reflux symptom index scores and improved voice symptom scale scores.

CONCLUSION:

Treatment of laryngopharyngeal reflux with twice daily proton pump inhibitors and speech therapy resulted in improved subjective voice measurements for patients.

PMID:
23642303
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