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a burning sensation in the hypopharynx and larynx caused by nocturnal gastric reflux. It occurs most commonly in older patients who sleep in the recumbent position.
reflux laryngitisA chemical inflammation/acid reflux caused by pooling of regurgitated gastric secretions on the laryngeal mucosa, characterized by “…hoarseness, persistent nonproductive cough, a sensation of pressure in the throat and a continual need to clear the throat. The classic Sx of reflux, such as heartburn and regurgitation are often minimal or absent” Diagnosis ± Reflux, pH defects Management Omeprazole. See Acid-reflux disorders, GERD.
Hoarseness, clearing of the throat, and alterations in voice quality thought to be due to injury to the posterior vocal folds by acid reflux.Synonym: posterior laryngitis
See also: laryngitis