European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology

, Volume 269, Issue 4, pp 1189–1194 | Cite as

Risk factors for laryngopharyngeal reflux

  • Murat Saruç
  • Elif Ayanoglu AksoyEmail author
  • Eser Vardereli
  • Mehmet Karaaslan
  • Bahattin Çiçek
  • Ümit İnce
  • Ferhan Öz
  • Nurdan Tözün


The aim of this study was to evaluate the demographic and clinicopathologic characteristics of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) with and without laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) to determine the risk factors for the occurrence of LPR in patients with GERD. This is a retrospective study of GERD patients with and without LPR. From the outpatient computer program of our hospital we randomly enrolled 45 GERD patients with LPR into the first group and another 45 GERD patients without LPR to the second group. Medical records of the patients in both groups were examined. All patients underwent upper gastrointestinal system endoscopy. LPR was confirmed by laryngoscopy, and LPR-related laryngoscopy scoring. Non-erosive GERD (NERD), erosive GERD (ERD) and Barrett’s esophagus (BE) were diagnosed by endoscopy and histopathology. Various clinical parameters including status of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, topography of gastritis were analyzed. For therapy, lansoprazole in a dosage of 30 mg BID for at least 8 weeks were given to all patients in both groups. GERD patients with and without LPR were compared according to demographic, clinic, endoscopic and histopathological parameters. The results revealed that patients with LPR were younger than the patients without LPR (38.7 ± 10.2 years and 43.8 ± 11.5 years; p = 0.08); however, there was no statistical significance. Patients without LPR showed no gender predilection (55% male) while LPR patients showed male preponderance (71% male). In LPR group, 11 patients (24%) had NERD, while 28 (62%) and 6 (13%) patients had ERD and BE, respectively. Twenty-seven (60%) patients without LPR were diagnosed as NERD, 15 patients (33%) without LPR had ERD and only 3 patients (6.6%) showed the histological findings of BE. The patients in LPR group had higher body mass index. Hiatal hernia was more frequent in the patients with LPR (53%) than in the patients without LPR (24%) (p = 0.005). LPR patients had longer duration of reflux symptoms than the patients without LPR (p = 0.04). H. pylori status was not different in both groups but the patients without LPR had more corpus gastritis than the patients with LPR. Eight weeks of lansoprazole treatment was successful in 71% of patients with LPR, and 86% of patients without LPR. We concluded that male gender, hiatal hernia, longer duration of symptoms, high BMI, having ERD and BE seems as risk factors for the occurrence of LPR in patients with GERD. H. pylori status did not have any effect on the development of LPR. Corpus dominant gastritis may have a protective role against the development of LPR. Proton pump inhibitor therapy is less effective in patients with LPR.


Laryngopharyngeal reflux LFR Risk factors Gastroesophageal reflux disease GERD H. pylori Corpus dominant gastritis 


Conflict of interest

The authors do not have any conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Murat Saruç
    • 1
  • Elif Ayanoglu Aksoy
    • 2
    Email author
  • Eser Vardereli
    • 1
  • Mehmet Karaaslan
    • 3
  • Bahattin Çiçek
    • 1
  • Ümit İnce
    • 4
  • Ferhan Öz
    • 5
  • Nurdan Tözün
    • 1
  1. 1.Gastroenterology DivisionAcibadem University School of MedicineIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery DepartmentAcibadem University School of Medicine, Maslak HospitalIstanbulTurkey
  3. 3.Internal Medicine DepartmentAcibadem University School of MedicineIstanbulTurkey
  4. 4.Pathology DepartmentAcibadem University School of MedicineIstanbulTurkey
  5. 5.Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery DepartmentAcibadem Health Care Group, Bakirkoy HospitalIstanbulTurkey

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