Digestive Diseases and Sciences

, Volume 53, Issue 9, pp 2397–2404 | Cite as

Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease Treated with Laparoscopic Fundoplication

  • Eeva SalaEmail author
  • Paulina Salminen
  • Susanna Simberg
  • Juha Koskenvuo
  • Jari Ovaska
Original Paper


The objective of this clinical prospective study was to find out if laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication is an effective treatment in laryngopharyngeal reflux disease. Twenty-two consecutive patients, 16 female and 6 male, who were referred to laparoscopic fundoplication and operated by a senior gastroenterology surgeon were included in this study. Their mean age was 41 years (SD 13), and ranged from 18 to 64. The patients selected for surgical treatment had LPRD with several vocal and laryngeal symptoms. The status findings were typical for laryngopharyngeal reflux and the symptoms and signs had responded to antireflux medication. Vocal symptoms were interviewed and patients underwent laryngoscopy, esophagogastroscopy, and 24-h esophageal pH monitoring. The follow-up of symptoms and signs were 3 months after beginning of medication, before surgery, 3 months, and 1 year after surgery. The number of patients experiencing vocal symptoms decreased during the medical treatment, from the situation before medical treatment to the situation before surgery (P < 0.001), from the situation before surgery to the situation 3 months (P < 0.001) and 1 year post operation (P < 0.001), but no significant changes were found from the situation 3 months to 1 year post operation. Voice quality improved significantly only from the time point before surgery to 3 months post operation. Three months after medical treatment, laryngeal and pharyngeal findings did not decrease significantly, but several findings decreased significantly (P < 0.001) from the time point before surgery compared to 3 months and to 1 year post operation. Based on this study, the laparoscopic fundoplication is an effective and safe treatment of LPRD.


Laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (LPRD) Laparoscopic fundoplication 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eeva Sala
    • 1
    Email author
  • Paulina Salminen
    • 2
  • Susanna Simberg
    • 3
  • Juha Koskenvuo
    • 4
  • Jari Ovaska
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck SurgeryTurku University HospitalTurkuFinland
  2. 2.Department of GastrosurgeryTurku University HospitalTurkuFinland
  3. 3.Department of LogopedicsÅbo Akademi UniversityTurkuFinland
  4. 4.Department of Clinical physiologyTurku University Hospital TurkuFinland

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