European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology

, Volume 269, Issue 10, pp 2219–2225 | Cite as

The prevalence of laryngopharyngeal reflux in the English population

  • Tawakir KamaniEmail author
  • Susannah Penney
  • Indu Mitra
  • Vijay Pothula


Although symptoms of laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) symptoms are commonly seen in the ENT clinic, their aetiology and prevalence in the population remain unknown. Lifestyle changes have been seen to be effective in symptom relief. We aimed to establish the prevalence of these symptoms and identify any associated factors. Pseudo-random sampling was performed on 2,000 adults that were sent a validated questionnaire containing the Reflux Symptom Index (RSI) and questions on their health and lifestyle. 45.8 % of the 378 responders were male. The mean RSI was 8.3. 30 % had an RSI of more than 10, of which 75 % had symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (r = 0.646 at p = 0.01). Patients with depression and irritable bowel syndrome are more likely to have LPR symptoms. LPR symptoms are highly prevalent in the community and may be influenced significantly by the presence of gastro-oesophageal reflux, depression and irritable bowel syndrome.


Laryngopharyngeal reflux Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease 


Conflict of interest

This study and its authors have no financial disclosures.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tawakir Kamani
    • 1
    Email author
  • Susannah Penney
    • 2
  • Indu Mitra
    • 3
  • Vijay Pothula
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck SurgeryQueen’s Medical CentreNottinghamUK
  2. 2.Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck SurgeryManchester Royal InfirmaryManchesterUK
  3. 3.Department of RadiologySouthampton General HospitalSouthamptonUK
  4. 4.Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck SurgeryRoyal Albert Edward InfirmaryWiganUK

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