Is laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) overdiagnosed in complaints of hoarseness, and how effective are videoendoscopic laryngeal findings in determining etiology?
Background: LPR is increasingly cited as a primary underlying etiology of hoarseness in adults. Many patients who present with its symptoms and laryngoscopic findings are often empirically treated prior to objective reflux confirmation. The authors sought to determine laryngeal pathology incidence in dysphonic patients previously diagnosed with LPR as the etiology of their hoarseness.
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Study design: Prospective, nonintervention study of data collected from 21 consecutive patients seeking consultation at a tertiary laryngology practice between March and December 2012.
Setting: New York University Voice Center, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, New York University School of Medicine, New York City.